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  1. a loud noise or clamor, especially of a disturbing or confusing kind; din; uproar: The traffic made a terrible racket in the street below.
  2. social excitement, gaiety, or dissipation.
  3. an organized illegal activity, such as bootlegging or the extortion of money from legitimate business people by threat or violence.
  4. a dishonest scheme, trick, business, activity, etc.: the latest weight-reducing racket.
  5. Usually the rackets. organized illegal activities: Some say that the revenue from legalized gambling supports the rackets.
  6. Slang.
    1. an occupation, livelihood, or business.
    2. an easy or profitable source of livelihood.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a racket or noise.
  2. to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.
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Origin of racket1

1555–65; 1890–95 for def 6; metathetic variant of dial. rattick; see rattle1
Can be confusedracket racquet


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Historical Examples

  • Finally Ray shut off the racketing engine and let out the rusty anchor.

    Stairway to the Stars

    Larry Shaw

  • There were no operas, no theatres, no racketing or frolicking of any sort going on.

  • So you'll find lots of young people, and lots of racketing going on.

    A Young Man's Year

    Anthony Hope

  • With all this racketing no soldier could be seen at the point of fire.

  • There was noise and racketing behind them, but they two heard nothing.

    Romany of the Snows

    Gilbert Parker

British Dictionary definitions for racketing


  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 occupationwhat'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
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  1. (intr often foll by about) rare to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc
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Word Origin

C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle 1



  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
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  1. (tr) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket
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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 racketing



"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).

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"handled paddle or netted bat used in tennis, etc.;" see racquet.

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