A Lexicon of Mibology|
Marbles slightly larger than usual size, most often of agate, sometimes of limestone.
Most come from Germany, are heavy, and highly prized.
Larger than average marbles, of glass, that have been heated, then iced,
creating inner cracks. Used as shooters.
The number of marbles agreed upon as stakes for the winner or to put into an enclosure
and shot at -- for keeps.
Game similar to Ring Taw and Ringer. See Ringer.
Shooters usually made of obsidian or black agate. Heavy, extremely rare and
Another name for Chasing or Trailing. See Trail.
A rather unsophisticated arching, droping shot.
A shooter; also short for Boss-Out, a chase game.
Large shooters, often aggies, often of scrap glass, but just as often reflectors pried out
of traffic signs. Generally regarded as prizes because of the danger inherent in securing them.
Rolling or throwing a shooter marble along the ground to hit a target. Bowling is
generally popular with those who aren't much good at shooting. At the beginning of a game,
players often bowl to see who goes first.
Shooting at a hole in the groun or at the marked- off center of a designated area.
Those who play it say it is a skill game; those more honest admit there's a large element of "luck."
A very large marble, used as a bowling shooter. Also called a Boulder, or
Caboubler or Scaboulder.
Swirled red and white or red, white and blue marbles. Prized early German
Glass marbles with football-shaped wedges of color in otherwise clear glass.
Basically a game in which players chase one another's marble, trying to hit the
opponent's therby winning it. Chase games neither call for enclosures -- rings, squares, triangles
-- nor holes or pots. For variations of the game, see Boss-Out and Chasies.
Small marbles of clay. Never used as shooters but rather as target or object amrbles.
Held in low esteem.
A defensive shout which permits our to clear away roughness or debris before
shooting. Such a shout negates a possible "Smoothi" penalty. See Smoothing.
Clear glass marbles, often tinted and bubbly inside.
Ordinary marbles to be shot at. See Mibs.
Pronounced "Comme-ee" not "Commie" as in "Commie Rat." The small marbles at
which shooters are shot. See Mibs.
To shoot with the knuckles off the ground. Regarded as a "sissy" way of
Clay marbles, clayeys.
Another name for clayeys.
Hitting two or more marbles out of a ring with one shot. The caroms involved make this
one of the prettiest shots in championship polay. Also used as another name for Ringer.
Object marbles, to be shot at.
Marbles near the edge of the ring.
Short for "Can I borrow a few marbles?" as in "Eggies on the aggies?"
Also called circle games. Games in which marbles are shot within a confined
area outlined on the ground. The shapes are usually geometric, most often a circle of a square.
For variations of the game, see Ringer and Knuckle Box.
To give the shooting marble backspin, causing the target marble to carom off in
Dropping a shooter directly down on an object marble. A "luck" shot.
|Fens! or Fins! or Finns!||
An all-inclusive call by which a player can suspend all rules until he has
planned his shot. A most valuable offensive ploy.
Another name for aggies.
Playing only for the results of a game. All of the marbles won are returned, either to
their owner or to the tournament.
Easing your hand over the ring line before shooting. In tournament play this is
cheating and carries a one-shot forfeit. Also used as a general term for cheating.
A shot not head on, that hits the target tangentially, then bounces off.
Glass marbles. Larger ones are used as shooters.
Giant glass marble used in bowling games.
To rest one's shooting hand atop the other hand. Before shooting, a call of "Heist!" is
necessary. A call of "No Heist!" by another player means one is out of luck.
Raising the hand from the ground before shooting. This is cheating.
When a marble is knocked out of a ring.
Also called pot. Holes in marbles games can vary in depth -- from the size of a twelve-
year-old's heel to something dug out with a garden spade. Shallow holes are called saucers.
Games in which the object is to get marbles in a hole, out of a hole, a certain
distance from a hole -- always a hole. For variations of the game, see Potty and Nucks.
Object marbles, to be shot at.
Moving the hand forward while shooting. This is cheating too. In tournament play
this means inching one's hand over the edge of the ring. Also known as fudging, and carries a
Imitation agate. Initially of clay, later of ordinary glass. In Canada, milky marbles to be
shot at, or in a pinch, used as substitute shooters. In eastern United States, a general term for all
See Globollas and Bowlers. Also called Caboulders.
To rest one or more of one's knuckles on the ground while shooting. A general
term denoting the correct form for shooting. The marble should rest against the ball of the first
finger rather than the crook.
|Knucks down tight||
See Knuckle Down.
The act of tossing or shooting from the Pitch Line. Whoever comes closest to the lag
line without going over it shoots first. See Pitch Line.
A straight line tangent to, and touching, the ring in tournament play.
Small glass marbles, solid color. Used as target marbles. The marbles in Chinese
The act of shooting a marble through the air in an arc to hit a marble in the ring. Also
A single marble used as a target.
Object or target marbles. Also Mibbies, Mibsies, Miggs, and Miggles.
Translucent white glassies. Also called Creamies.
When player fails to knock an object marble from the ring.
Another term for shooters.
Marbles made of carnelian. So named because when they crack, generally from
the inside, moon or cresent shapes form on the surfaces. A cure for the cracks is complete
submersion in grease or lard.
Another name for Doughie.
Small clear glass marbles. Often used as another name for cleareys.
A very small marble.
A straight line opposite from and parallel with the Lag Line.
Another name for Little Solids.
Another name for Ringer.
Circular hole dug into the ground, into which marbles are shot.
Game in which marbles are shot into the Potty.
Small clear glass marbles, brightly colored. Highly prized and genrally worth from two to
A multi-colored shooter.
Real marble marbles, as opposed to glass. Thought to be another name for
The "official" marbles game as played in the National Marbles Tournament. It is played
by placing 13 marbles in the form of a cross in the middle of a 10-foot- diameter ring. Shooters
shoot from the ring's edge and knock marbles out of the ring. The first player scoring seven hits
Another name for Ringer.
A defensive call to force a player to roll his shooter in a bowling marbles game rather
than throw it.
Circling around the playing ring, seeking the best shooting position. Also called
A glass marble made from scrap glass. Some Bowlers are Scrappers.
To shoot wiht the knuckles off the ground. Another name for Cunny Thumb.
The agate marble shot at other marbles. Generally slightly larger then the ordinary run
of glassies. Most are made in Germany and appear to find their way here by osmosis.
Also called firing, flicking, pinching, dribbling, pinking, dribbying, drizzying, throwing or
bowling. See Knuckle Down.
Snapping the marble from the hand with the thumb from where it is held against the ball of
the first finger. Knucks, of course, must be down.
Glassies with puffs of color inside.
Leveling off, removing obstacles from the ground before shooting. Forbidden, and
carries a one-shot penalty.
Misplay when marble falls from the hand. Player reshoots.
A near miss.
Term for the 13 marbles in the center of the championship ring.
A shooting distance. The measurement between the tip of the thumb to the tip of the
middle finger when stretched apart.
Usually a ball bearing. Popular as a shooter in the World War II era. It helped to have a
father who worked in a defense plant.
When a shooter's marble stops inside the ring after knocking a target marble out of the
ring. The shooter may shoot continually if he continues to stick.
Object or target marble.
To rough up a shooter either on concrete or with sandpaper to afford oneself a better
Another name for a shooter.
Player shoots with the thumb and first finger while keeping his three other
fingers flat to the ground.
Common sort of shooting in bowling-type games.
Using the toe height to shoot from in bowling games. Very expert, achieves
General term for marbles games in which shooters follow each other as they move from
one location to another. Also known as Chasing, Plumpers, and scores of other names.
As in "Take a Walk." When a player walks through the ring in a match. He must give up
one of the marbles he has won if he does this.
Clear glass marbles.
Glass marbles with white and black swirls. Common in New York City, rare elsewhere.
Prized as shooters.
One of many terms for games in which players shoot into a series of holes dug into