Kayle. n.s. [quille, French.]
- Ninepin; kettlepins, of which skittles seem a corruption.
And now at keels they try a harmless chance,
And now their cur they try to fetch and dance. Sidney.
The residue of the time they wear out at coits, kayles, or the like idle exercises. Carew's Survey of Cornwall.
- A kind of play still retained in Scotland, in which nine holes ranged in three's are made in the ground, and an iron bullet rolled in among them.