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ˈdʒækˌstrɔjack·straw

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jackstraw, spillikin(noun)

    a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws

GCIDE

  1. Jackstraw(n.)

    One of a set of straws of strips of ivory, bone, wood, etc., for playing a child's game, the jackstraws being thrown confusedly together on a table, to be gathered up singly by a hooked instrument, without touching or disturbing the rest of the pile. See Spilikin. A modern variation, called pick-up-sticks (U.S. 1940+), is played with thin wooden sticks of different colors, each color having different values for scoring; the sticks are dislodged from the pile with the hand or with one of the sticks.

Wiktionary

  1. jackstraw(Noun)

    One of the pieces used for the game variously called jackstraws or pick-up-sticks.

  2. jackstraw(Noun)

    An insignificant person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jackstraw(noun)

    an effigy stuffed with straw; a scarecrow; hence, a man without property or influence

  2. Jackstraw(noun)

    one of a set of straws of strips of ivory, bone, wood, etc., for playing a child's game, the jackstraws being thrown confusedly together on a table, to be gathered up singly by a hooked instrument, without touching or disturbing the rest of the pile. See Spilikin

Editors Contribution

  1. jackstraw

    Jackstraw’s was a game that preceded the far more commonly known, Pickup Sticks. It played by the same rules as Pickup Sticks . It was harder to play because the pieces you had to pick up were shapes to look like hand tools — picks and hoes and takes and shovels and digging irons with point values based on how hard it is to get a digging iron out of the pile without moving anything versus a shovel, rake, pick, etcetera A Jackstraw is a drifter. He is a “low character in the social stratum”. The Grateful Dead wrote a bit sing called Jack Straw. My 45 year old landscape and Tree Service is named after that song. All of the other definitions fit perfectly with the nature of our work as well as the kinds of employees who tend to do this work. Picks hoes rakes, shovels and digging irons are exactly the tools on our trucks!

    Jackstraw’s — a game that preceded Pickup Sticks and played by the same rules. The original game was, and still may be made by Parker Brothers Toys. It requires the players to retrieve various hand tools from the pile without moving any of the others. A digging iron got you one point. A rake, a shovel, a mattock, etcetera earned more points based on their relative complexity. Also A Jackstraw is defined as an all around hand at the docks. He fixes the sails, scrapes the barnacles off the bottom of the boat, cleans and prepares the fish, etcetera. Also A Jackstraw is a drifter. A low character in the social scale Jack Straw is a song made famous by the Grateful Dead many years ago. It is a proper name. .

    Submitted by acronimous on April 9, 2018

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jackstraw in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jackstraw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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