- a flat paddle or racket used to hit a shuttlecock back and forth in a game (called battledore and shuttlecock) from which badminton developed
- this game
Origin of battledoreMiddle English batildore from Old Provençal batedor, beater from Old French battre (see batter): spelling, spelled influenced, influence by Middle English betel, beetle
- a. An early form of badminton played with a flat wooden paddle and a shuttlecock.b. The paddle used in this game.
- A badminton racket.
Origin of battledoreMiddle English batildore perhaps blend of betel bat ; see beetle 3. Old Provençal batedor bat ( from battre to beat ) ( from Late Latin battere ; see batter 1. )