A badmintion shuttlecock and racket.
- The definition of a racket is a lightweight device with a handle and an oval frame with interwoven strings used for hitting a ball in tennis or a birdie in badminton.
An example of a racket is what badminton players use for hitting the birdie back and forth over the net.
- Racket is defined as a loud noisy sound, or an act of illegally obtaining money.
- An example of a racket is the sound of a restaurant server dropping a tray of plates on the ground and all of them breaking.
- An example of a racket is fraud or bootlegging.
- a noisy confusion; loud and confused talk or activity; uproar
- Archaic a period of lively, exciting social life or revelry
- a scheme for or the practice of obtaining money illegally, esp. one involving fraud or extortion
- Informal any dishonest scheme or practice
- an easy, profitable source of livelihood
- any business, profession, or occupation
Origin of racketprobably echoic
- to make a racket; take part in a noisy activity
- Now Rare to lead a boisterous social life; revel
- to ramble or travel in a casual, reckless way, as in search of excitement: often with around
- a light bat for tennis, badminton, etc., with a network of catgut, silk, nylon, etc., in an oval or round frame attached to a handle
- a snowshoe
- loosely the paddle used in table tennis
- [pl., with sing. v.] the game of racquets
Origin of racketMiddle French raquette, earlier rachette, palm of the hand from Medieval Latin rasceta (manus), palm (of the hand) from Arabic r??a(t), palm of the hand
- A device consisting of an oval or circular frame with a tight interlaced network of strings and a handle, used to strike a ball or shuttlecock in various games.
- A wooden paddle, as one used in table tennis.
- A snowshoe.
Origin of racketMiddle English raket a kind of handball from Old French rachette palm of the hand, racket from Medieval Latin rascheta palm from Arabic rāhat (al-yad) palm (of the hand) bound form of rāha rh
top: tennis and racquetball rackets
bottom: squash racket
- A loud distressing noise. See Synonyms at noise.
- a. A dishonest or fraudulent business or practice.b. often rackets An illegal moneymaking activity, especially one controlled by organized crime.
- a. An easy, profitable means of livelihood.b. Slang A business or occupation.
intransitive verbrack·et·ed, rack·et·ing, rack·ets
- To make or move with a loud distressing noise.
- To lead an active social life.
Origin of racketOrigin unknown
- (countable) A racquet: an implement with a handle connected to a round frame strung with wire, sinew, or plastic cords, and used to hit a ball, such as in tennis or a birdie in badminton.
- (Canada) A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood.
- A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man or horse, to allow walking on marshy or soft ground.
(third-person singular simple present rackets, present participle racketing, simple past and past participle racketed)
- To strike with, or as if with, a racket.
From Middle English raket
- A loud noise.
- Power tools work quickly, but they sure make a racket.
- With all the racket they're making, I can't hear myself think!
- What's all this racket?
- A fraud or swindle; an illegal scheme for profit.
- They had quite a racket devised to relieve customers of their money.
- (dated, slang) A carouse; any reckless dissipation.
Derived from the Scottish Gaelic "bataireachd" which is defined alternatively as "1.Cudgelling. 2 Idleness. 3 Lounging. 4 Making a rattling noise." according to Dwelly, 1910. Dwelly uses this phrase in defining "bataireachd" - "Is ann ort a tha a' bhataireachd! what a noise you are making!" The word "bhataireachd" sounds anglophonically like "vat a racket."