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[shuht-l-kok] /ˈʃʌt lˌkɒk/
Also called shuttle. the object that is struck back and forth in badminton and battledore, consisting of a feathered cork head and a plastic crown.
the game of battledore.
verb (used with object)
to send or bandy to and fro like a shuttlecock.
verb (used without object)
to move or be bandied to and fro.
of such a state or condition:
a shuttlecock existence.
Origin of shuttlecock
First recorded in 1515-25; shuttle + cock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Companion in battledore and shuttlecock, Romane de Clos-Vougeot!

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Why they would toss you over their heads like a shuttlecock.

  • It is to be a shuttlecock between discontent and temptation.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You saw only two things: the shuttlecock, and your partner in the game.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • It is not possible to play, and see anything but the shuttlecock.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • The difference is that instead of racquet and ball, battledore and shuttlecock are used.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Her mind had vacillated like a shuttlecock, but no one had seen the vacillation.

    An Old Man's Love

    Anthony Trollope
  • She wasnt being solemn, and she had returned his shuttlecock smartly.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Why then, twelvepenny weather; sirrahs, why don't you play at shuttlecock?

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
British Dictionary definitions for shuttlecock


a light cone consisting of a cork stub with feathered flights, struck to and fro in badminton and battledore Often shortened to shuttle
anything moved to and fro, as in an argument
to move or cause to move to and fro, like a shuttlecock
Word Origin
C16: from shuttle + cock1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shuttlecock

1570s, from shuttle (v.) + cock (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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