Conkers

Origin of: Conkers

Conkers

A boys’ game, which the OED describes as “originally played with snail-shells, now with horse-chestnuts through which a string is threaded, the object being to break that held by the opponent.” It dates from 1877 and the OED says the word derives presumably from conch meaning a shell or an association with the word conquer as in winning the game. This seems to cover all bets rather than admit the origin is obscure. See also Conk.