racket 1[rak-it] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- a loud noise or clamor, especially of a disturbing or confusing kind; din; uproar: The traffic made a terrible racket in the street below.
- social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
- an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
- a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.: the latest weight-reducing racket.
- Usually the rackets. organized illegal activities: Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
- an occupation, livelihood, or business.
- an easy or profitable source of livelihood.
verb (used without object)
- to make a racket or noise.
- to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
Origin of racket 1 1555–65; 1890–95 for def 6; metathetic variant of dial. rattick; see rattle1 Can be confusedracket racquetSynonyms for racket 1. tumult, disturbance, outcry. See noise.Antonyms for racket 1, 2. tranquillity. racket 2[rak-it] noun
- a light bat having a netting of catgut or nylon stretched in a more or less oval frame and used for striking the ball in tennis, the shuttlecock in badminton, etc.
- the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
- rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet(def 1).
- a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
Also rac·quet (for defs 1, 2, 4). Origin of racket 2 1490–1500; Middle French raquette, rachette, perhaps Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the handRelated formsrack·et·like, adjective Related Words for racket fraud, graft, conspiracy, theft, scheme, extortion, swindle, shuffle, agitation, blare, wrangle, squabble, battle, free-for-all, row, disturbance, riot, babel, hubbub, clamor Examples from the Web for racket Contemporary Examples of racket
For all who do believe this, the very existence of Israel is a sort of fraud or a racket.
July 26, 2014
This past Monday afternoon, I headed off for my regular tennis game with my racket strapped to my back and my wife in her whites.
July 1, 2014
Across the street, in a chinaberry tree, a gang of sparrows are making a racket.
June 7, 2014
They marched through the neighborhood, everybody running outside to see what the racket was all about.
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
When I was four months old or so, my older sister was making a racket when I was sleeping.
December 23, 2013
Historical Examples of racket
I can’t understand to this day why he hadn’t raised a racket.
J. Smeaton Chase
While I talked, there burst forth suddenly the racket of fifes and drums in the road.
I then found that I was using my Thursday’s racket instead of Tuesday’s.
Pray, some of you explain this; what has been the occasion of all this racket?
I, also, was in anger, but this racket kept me cool and made me smile.
Duc de Saint-Simon
British Dictionary definitions for racket racket 1 noun
- a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
- gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
- an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
- slang a business or occupationwhat’s your racket?
- a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
- a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
- (intr often foll by about) rare to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
Word Origin for racket C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle 1 racket 2racquet noun
- a bat consisting of an open network of nylon or other strings stretched in an oval frame with a handle, used to strike the ball in tennis, badminton, etc
- a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
- (tr) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
See also rackets Word Origin for racket C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand Word Origin and History for racket n.1
“loud noise,” 1560s, perhaps imitative. Klein compares Gaelic racaid “noise.” Meaning “dishonest activity” (1785) is perhaps from racquet, via notion of “game,” reinforced by rack-rent “extortionate rent” (1590s), from rack (n.1).
“handled paddle or netted bat used in tennis, etc.;” see racquet.