- 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 badmintion shuttlecock and racket.
- a noisy confusion; loud and confused talk or activity; uproar
- Archaic a period of lively, exciting social life or revelry
- an obtaining of money illegally, as by bootlegging, fraud, or, esp., threats of violence
- Informal any dishonest scheme or practice
- ☆ Slang
- 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
- 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 rāḥa(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 rā&hlowdot;at (al-yad), palm (of the hand), bound form of rā&hlowdot;a; see r&hlowdot; in Semitic roots.
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."