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Word of the Day: Racket

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Today's word is:

racket ¹

|ˈrakit| (also racquet )

noun

  • a type of bat with a round or oval frame strung with catgut, nylon, etc., used esp. in tennis, badminton, and squash.
  • a snowshoe resembling such a bat.

ORIGIN: early 16th cent.: from French raquette .

racket ²

|ˈrakit|

noun

1. [ in sing. ] a loud unpleasant noise; a din: the kids were making a racket.

  • archaic. The noise and liveliness of fashionable society.

2. informal an illegal or dishonest scheme for obtaining money: a protection racket.

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  • A person's line of business or way of life: I'm in the insurance racket.

verb ( rackets, racketing , racketed ) [ no obj. ]

  • make a loud unpleasant noise: Trains racketed by.
  • (racket around) enjoy oneself socially; go in pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.
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ORIGIN: mid 16th cent.: perhaps imitative of clattering.

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