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racket

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[ rak-it ]
/ ˈræk ɪt /
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Definition of racket

noun
verb (used without object)
to make a racket or noise.
to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
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Origin of racket

1
First recorded in 1555–65; 1890–95 for def. 6; by transposition of dialectal rattick;see rattle1

synonym study for racket

1. See noise.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH racket

racket , racquet

Other definitions for racket (2 of 2)

racket2
[ rak-it ]
/ ˈræk ɪt /

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
First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English raket, a term for a kind of handball, from Middle French raquette, rachette “palm (of the hand)”; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥat (al-yad) “palm (of the hand)”

OTHER WORDS FROM racket

rack·et·like, adjective
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How to use racket in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for racket (1 of 2)

racket1
/ (ˈrækɪt) /

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?
music
  1. a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
  2. a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
verb
(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

British Dictionary definitions for racket (2 of 2)

racket2

racquet

/ (ˈrækɪt) /

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
verb
(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
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