1 (also battledore and shuttlecock) [mass noun] A game played with a shuttlecock and rackets, a forerunner of badminton.
- He and I played games like marbles and shuttlecock and battledore.
- Ethel and Edith Dillon, as they were known to their parents, were playing the then-fashionable game of battledore, an early version of table tennis, in the family home at Clonbrock House.
- His origins in the fashion industry are very visible in a print like 'Woman playing battledore' from the series 'Five figures of modern beauties'.
1.1 [count noun] The small racket used in the game of battledore.
- Participants will paint pictures and designs on their own battledores and tops, and then play with them.
- The commoners too decorated their battledores, with colours which varied according to the local area.
- Approximately 50 thousand battledores, with prices ranging from 1000 yen to 600,000 yen are sold at this time.
2A wooden paddle-shaped implement formerly used in washing clothes for beating and stirring.
- She uses a wooden bat called a 'battledore' to beat the dirt out of them.
- At a well near Kettleness in the West Riding the fairies were well known to wash their clothes by night, and the thumps of their "battledores" were heard even at Runswick.
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