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[bat-l-dawr, -dohr] /ˈbæt lˌdɔr, -ˌdoʊr/
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), battledored, battledoring.
to toss or fly back and forth:
to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.
Origin of battledore
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English batyldo(u)re washing beetle, equivalent to batyl to beat (clothes) in washing (frequentative of bat1) + -dore dung beetle (beetle1 for beetle2 by way of pun, with allusion to filth on clothes). See dor1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for battledore
Historical Examples
  • When my battledore and shuttle-cock comes, I'll let you all play with 'em.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • Companion in battledore and shuttlecock, Romane de Clos-Vougeot!

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He hastened to the maker of the battledore—but arrived too late!

  • She held it with one hand, as she poised her battledore with the other.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • The difference is that instead of racquet and ball, battledore and shuttlecock are used.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Why do we hear a noise when we strike the shuttlecock with the battledore?

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • But their especial delight was our battledore and shuttlecocks.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • There is no battledore long enough to reach him in either way.

  • The voice of the battledore is silent in the entrance-hall, and the shuttlecock sleeps.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • Do you not feel that the girls should not be chucked about like balls from a battledore?

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for battledore


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
Word Origin
C15 batyldoure, perhaps from Old Provençal batedor a beater, from Old French battre to beat, batter1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for battledore

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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