racket

1
[ rak-it ]
/ ˈræk ɪt /

noun

verb (used without object)

to make a racket or noise.
to take part in social gaiety or dissipation.

Nearby words

  1. rack saw,
  2. rack up,
  3. rack-and-pinion,
  4. rack-rent,
  5. rackboard,
  6. racket amputation,
  7. racket press,
  8. racket-tail,
  9. racketeer,
  10. racketeering

Origin of racket

1
1555–65; 1890–95 for def 6; metathetic variant of dial. rattick; see rattle1

Can be confusedracket racquet

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British Dictionary definitions for racketing

racket

1
/ (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

racket

2

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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Word Origin and History for racketing
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