- 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.
- the game of battledore.
- to send or bandy to and fro like a shuttlecock.
- to move or be bandied to and fro.
- of such a state or condition: a shuttlecock existence.
Origin of shuttlecock
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- a light cone consisting of a cork stub with feathered flights, struck to and fro in badminton and battledoreOften shortened to: shuttle
- anything moved to and fro, as in an argument
- to move or cause to move to and fro, like a shuttlecock
C16: from shuttle + cock 1
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Word Origin and History for shuttlecock
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