1. Also called shuttle. the object that is struck back and forth in badminton and battledore, consisting of a feathered cork head and a plastic crown.
  2. the game of battledore.
verb (used with object)
  1. to send or bandy to and fro like a shuttlecock.
verb (used without object)
  1. to move or be bandied to and fro.
  1. of such a state or condition: a shuttlecock existence.

Origin of shuttlecock

First recorded in 1515–25; shuttle + cock1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of shuttlecock

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Historical Examples of shuttlecock

British Dictionary definitions for shuttlecock


  1. a light cone consisting of a cork stub with feathered flights, struck to and fro in badminton and battledoreOften shortened to: shuttle
  2. anything moved to and fro, as in an argument
  1. to move or cause to move to and fro, like a shuttlecock

Word Origin for shuttlecock

C16: from shuttle + cock 1
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Word Origin and History for shuttlecock

1570s, from shuttle (v.) + cock (n.2).

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