battledore

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n battledore an ancient racket game
    • n battledore a light long-handled racket used by badminton players
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n battledore A bat or beetle used in washing clothes, or for smoothing them out while being laundered.
    • n battledore An instrument shaped like a racket, but smaller, used in playing the game of battledore and shuttlecock.
    • n battledore A paddle for a canoe.
    • n battledore In glass-making, a flat square piece of polished iron with a wooden handle, used for flattening the bottoms of tumblers, or for similar purposes.
    • n battledore A kind of paddle with a long handle, used for placing loaves in a baker's oven.
    • n battledore A kind of horn-book: so called from its shape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Battledore a light bat for striking a ball or shuttlecock
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. batidor, a beater, a washing-beetle; but this is doubtful.

Usage

In literature:

The difference is that instead of racquet and ball, battledore and shuttlecock are used.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Go and have a game of battledore and shuttlecock then.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Ned was terrified at first, as it was with great difficulty that he kept his body from playing battledore and shuttlecock.
"The Magic Soap Bubble" by David Cory
Even the lighter recreations of battledore and bagatelle were pursued with relentless activity.
"My Father as I Recall Him" by Mamie Dickens
It's the humour of the battledore and the shuttlecock.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
His sisters played battledore and shuttlecock in the school-room sometimes, or out in the passages on a winter's afternoon.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Yoshi-san had begun to think battledore and balls too girlish an amusement.
"Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories" by Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton
A very little more of this erotic battledore-and-shuttlecock would send them both out of their minds.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
It continued foggy all day, and the children had to content themselves with skating and battledore and shuttlecock in the verandahs.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
To carry out the character, she held a battledore and shuttlecock in her hand.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
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In poetry:

A life like a shuttlecock may be toss'd
With the hand of fate for a battledore;
But it matters much for your sweet soul lost,
As much as a million souls and more.
"No Name" by Adam Lindsay Gordon