Webster 1913 Edition
[Origin unknown; perhaps fr. Dan.
bakketray + E.
game; or very likely the first part is from E.
back, adv., and the game is so called because the men are often set
A game of chance and skill, played by two persons on a “board” marked off into twenty-four spaces called “points”. Each player has fifteen pieces, or “men”, the movements of which from point to point are determined by throwing dice. Formerly called
a board for playing backgammon, often made in the form of two rectangular trays hinged together, each tray containing two “tables”.
Webster 1828 Edition