- 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 ProvenÃ§al 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 beetle3 and Old Provençal batedor, bat (from battre, to beat, from Late Latin battere; see batter1).