- a loud noise or clamor, especially of a disturbing or confusing kind; din; uproar: The traffic made a terrible racket in the street below.
- social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
- an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
- a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.: the latest weight-reducing racket.
- Usually the rackets. organized illegal activities: Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
- an occupation, livelihood, or business.
- an easy or profitable source of livelihood.
- to make a racket or noise.
- to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
Origin of racket1
1555–65; 1890–95 for def 6; metathetic variant of dial. rattick; see rattle1
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1, 2. tranquillity.
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Examples from the Web for racketing
Finally Ray shut off the racketing engine and let out the rusty anchor.Stairway to the Stars
There were no operas, no theatres, no racketing or frolicking of any sort going on.Folly as It Flies
So you'll find lots of young people, and lots of racketing going on.A Young Man's Year
With all this racketing no soldier could be seen at the point of fire.Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in Germany
There was noise and racketing behind them, but they two heard nothing.Romany of the Snows
- 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?
- a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
- a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch
- (intr often foll by about) rare to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle 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
- a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket
- (tr) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
See also rackets
C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand
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Word Origin and History for racketing
"handled paddle or netted bat used in tennis, etc.;" see racquet.
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