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shut·​tle·​cock ˈshə-tᵊl-ˌkäk How to pronounce shuttlecock (audio)
: a lightweight conical object with a rounded often rubber-covered nose that is used in badminton

Illustration of shuttlecock

Illustration of shuttlecock


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shuttlecocked; shuttlecocking; shuttlecocks

transitive verb

: to send or toss to and fro : bandy

Examples of shuttlecock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Using an innovation pioneered by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, Unity's wing and tail fins are designed to pivot upward 60 degrees once out of the atmosphere, giving the spaceplane the aerodynamics of a badminton shuttlecock, ensuring a belly-down re-entry. William Harwood, CBS News, 12 July 2021 But with no racquet or shuttlecock, Pritchard and Bell instead picked up what was on hand — ping pong paddles and a perforated plastic baseball — and the sport was born. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 21 Aug. 2022 Kids kick a jegi—essentially a weighted badminton shuttlecock with tassels—in the air with one or both feet. National Geographic, 23 July 2020 On the grounds, make sure to check out the iconic big shuttlecock sculptures, and consider stopping by the museum’s Rozelle Court Restaurant designed to look like a 15th-century Italian courtyard. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 27 July 2022 Prince William keeps his eye on the shuttlecock while trying his hand at badminton on a visit to Birmingham last Friday. Rob Picheta, CNN, 13 May 2022 Badminton Players — either alone or in pairs — hit a shuttlecock across a net in this racquet sport, which officially became part of the Olympics in 1992. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1522, in the meaning defined above


1687, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shuttlecock was in 1522

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Cite this Entry

“Shuttlecock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a small and very light cone-shaped object that is used in playing badminton

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