- Also called battledore and shuttlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
- a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
- 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.
- to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one’s colleagues.
- Also called: battledore and shuttlecock an ancient racket game
- a light racket, smaller than a tennis racket, used for striking the shuttlecock in this game
- (formerly) a wooden utensil used for beating clothes, in baking, etc
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.