racquet [rak-it] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. racquets, (used with a singular verb) a game played with rackets and a ball by two or four persons on a four-walled court.
  2. racket2(defs 1, 2, 4).

Origin of racquet variant of racket2 Can be confusedracket racquet racket 2[rak-it] noun

  1. a light bat having a netting of catgut or nylon stretched in a more or less oval frame and used for striking the ball in tennis, the shuttlecock in badminton, etc.
  2. the short-handled paddle used to strike the ball in table tennis.
  3. rackets, (used with a singular verb) racquet(def 1).
  4. a snowshoe made in the form of a tennis racket.

Also rac·quet (for defs 1, 2, 4). Origin of racket 2 1490–1500; Middle French raquette, rachette, perhaps Arabic rāḥet, variant of rāḥah palm of the handRelated formsrack·et·like, adjective Examples from the Web for racquet Contemporary Examples of racquet

  • He tweaked his racquet size, the tennis equivalent of flailing in the water.

    Roger Federer’s U.S. Open Defeat Was Bad, but He’s Not Dead Yet

    Sujay Kumar

    September 3, 2013

  • Historical Examples of racquet

  • She swung her racquet, looked at Shelton, cried, “Be quick!”

    The Island Pharisees

    John Galsworthy

  • We might have a game before lunch; you can have my other racquet.

    The Island Pharisees

    John Galsworthy

  • The other man, with his racquet on the ground, was holding his eye with both hands!

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • The difference is that instead of racquet and ball, battledore and shuttlecock are used.

    The Complete Bachelor

    Walter Germain

  • Tommy laughed and poked Harriet in the ribs with her racquet.

    The Meadow-Brook Girls on the Tennis Courts

    Janet Aldridge

  • British Dictionary definitions for racquet racquet noun

    1. a variant spelling of racket 2

    racket 1 noun

    1. a noisy disturbance or loud commotion; clamour; din
    2. gay or excited revelry, dissipation, etc
    3. an illegal enterprise carried on for profit, such as extortion, fraud, prostitution, drug peddling, etc
    4. slang a business or occupationwhat’s your racket?
    5. music
      1. a medieval woodwind instrument of deep bass pitch
      2. a reed stop on an organ of deep bass pitch


    1. (intr often foll by about) rare to go about gaily or noisily, in search of pleasure, excitement, etc

    Word Origin for racket C16: probably of imitative origin; compare rattle 1 racket 2racquet noun

    1. a bat consisting of an open network of nylon or other strings stretched in an oval frame with a handle, used to strike the ball in tennis, badminton, etc
    2. a snowshoe shaped like a tennis racket


    1. (tr) to strike (a ball, shuttlecock, etc) with a racket

    See also rackets Word Origin for racket C16: from French raquette, from Arabic rāhat palm of the hand Word Origin and History for racquet n.

    “handled hitting device used in tennis, etc.,” c.1500, probably originally “tennis-like game played with open hand” (late 14c.), from Middle French rachette, requette (Modern French raquette) “racket for hitting; palm of the hand,” perhaps via Italian racchetta or Spanish raqueta, both from Arabic rahat, a form of raha “palm of the hand.” Cf. French jeu de paume “tennis,” literally “play with the palm of the hand” (cf. tennis).

    racket n.1

    “loud noise,” 1560s, perhaps imitative. Klein compares Gaelic racaid “noise.” Meaning “dishonest activity” (1785) is perhaps from racquet, via notion of “game,” reinforced by rack-rent “extortionate rent” (1590s), from rack (n.1).

    racket n.2

    “handled paddle or netted bat used in tennis, etc.;” see racquet.

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