1. Also called battledore and shuttlecock.
a game from which
badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child's primer.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), battledored, battledoring.
to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.
Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English batyldo
washing beetle, equivalent to batyl
to beat (clothes) in washing (frequentative of bat1
) + -dore
dung beetle (beetle1
by way of pun, with allusion to filth on clothes). See dor1