battledore


battledore

noun

  1. Also called battledore and shuttlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
  2. a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
  3. a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child’s primer.

verb (used with or without object), bat·tle·dored, bat·tle·dor·ing.

  1. to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one’s colleagues.

noun

  1. Also called: battledore and shuttlecock an ancient racket game
  2. a light racket, smaller than a tennis racket, used for striking the shuttlecock in this game
  3. (formerly) a wooden utensil used for beating clothes, in baking, etc
n.

mid-15c., “bat-like implement used in washing clothes,” of unknown origin, perhaps from Old Provençal batedor, Spanish batidor “beater, bat,” from batir “to beat;” perhaps blended with Middle English betel “hammer, mallet.” As a trype of racket used in a game, from 1590s.

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