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racquet

[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
noun
1.
racquets, (used with a singular verb) a game played with rackets and a ball by two or four persons on a four-walled court.
2.
racket2 (defs 1, 2, 4).
Origin of racquet
variant of racket2
Can be confused
racket, racquet.

racket2

[rak-it] /ˈræk ɪt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
3.
rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet (def 1).
4.
a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.
Also, racquet (for defs 1, 2, 4)
Origin
1490-1500; < Middle French raquette, rachette, perhaps < Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the hand
Related forms
racketlike, adjective
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  • "Tommy Hollins coming to play," she vouchsafed in explanation of the racquet she carried.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • We might have a game before lunch; you can have my other racquet.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • The other man, with his racquet on the ground, was holding his eye with both hands!

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
  • She swung her racquet, looked at Shelton, cried, "Be quick!"

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • He says to his master, "The ball of your commands has rebounded from the racquet of my obedience."

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • The difference is that instead of racquet and ball, battledore and shuttlecock are used.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • He became pallid, threw down his racquet, and went to his rooms.

  • Margery started in by grasping the racquet firmly in both hands.

  • I saw instinctively that I was the one, and I held my racquet ready with both hands.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for racquet

racquet

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of racket2

racket1

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
2.
gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
3.
an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
4.
(slang) a business or occupation: what's your racket?
5.
(music)
  1. a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
  2. a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
verb
6.
(rare) (intransitive) often foll by about. to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle1

racket2

/ˈrækɪt/
noun
1.
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
2.
a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
verb
3.
(transitive) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
See also rackets
Word Origin
C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand
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Word Origin and History for racquet
n.

"handled hitting device used in tennis, etc.," c.1500, probably originally "tennis-like game played with open hand" (late 14c.), from Middle French rachette, requette (Modern French raquette) "racket for hitting; palm of the hand," perhaps via Italian racchetta or Spanish raqueta, both from Arabic rahat, a form of raha "palm of the hand." Cf. French jeu de paume "tennis," literally "play with the palm of the hand" (cf. tennis).

racket

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for racquet

racket

noun

  1. Any illegal concern or enterprise; a criminal business; dodge, grift: G Marks and Abe Cohn have a new racket now of promenading Clinton Street dock (1785+)
  2. A party or dance, esp a noisy one In recent usage this is most common among the police: passing evidence around like a pretzel tray at a retirement racket (1745+)
  3. Any concession, stand, etc (1940s+ Circus & carnival)

verb

To lead a busy life professionally and socially: Monk's seesawing years, from 1935 to 1940, were spent racketing endlessly back and forth between Europe and New York, an itinerant pianist and boulevardier (1760+)

[fr early 1800s British underworld fr racket, ''noise, confusion,'' etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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