I. noun 1. (also battledore and shuttlecock) [ mass noun] —
‹historical› a game played with a shuttlecock and rackets, a forerunner of badminton.
2. [ count noun] —
‹historical› the small racket used in the game of battledore.
‹historical› a wooden paddle-shaped implement formerly used in washing clothes for beating and stirring.
– origin late Middle English (in sense 2): perhaps from Provençal batedor ‘beater’, from batre ‘to beat’.