- 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.
- to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.
Origin of battledore
Examples from the Web for battledore
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!Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
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
- 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 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.