• Shuttlecock



    shuttle (from the back-and-forth sense of the word originating with loom weaving) + cock (from resemblance to a male bird's plume of tail feathers). Attested from 1522.

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    (plural shuttlecocks)
    1. (badminton) A lightweight object that is conical in shape with a cork or rubber-covered nose, used in badminton the way a ball is used in other racquet games.
    2. (dated) The game of badminton.
      • 1830, Mrs. Marcet (Jane Haldimand), Bertha's visit to her uncle in England (volume 3, page 105)Two people stand at opposite ends of the room, as in playing shuttlecock...


    • (lightweight object used in badminton) birdie


    1. To move rapidly back and forth
    2. To send or toss back and forth; to bandyto shuttlecock words
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