shut·tle·cock | \ˈshə-tᵊl-ˌkäk \

Definition of shuttlecock 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a lightweight conical object with a rounded often rubber-covered nose that is used in badminton


shuttlecocked; shuttlecocking; shuttlecocks

Definition of shuttlecock (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to send or toss to and fro : bandy

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Other sports equipment included in these bags are horseshoes, bocce balls, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, kickballs, frisbees, wiffle balls, wiffle bats, badminton racquets, and badminton shuttlecocks. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 29 May 2018 Inside was a storage space with a bunch of cardboard boxes holding the shuttlecocks. The New York Times, New York Times, "Reflections From Rio," 22 Aug. 2016 This kit includes steel poles, a net, and racquets for four, so get ready to channel your sporty side and strike the shuttlecock back and forth. Ruby Rose Lee, Town & Country, "T&C Essentials: How to Pack the Perfect Picnic," 15 June 2015 The day includes story times, origami art activities, puppets, a sculpture hunt and badminton demonstrations and games — presumably with normal-sized shuttlecocks. David Frese,, "Nelson museum’s rare Bosch painting goes back on view this summer," 28 May 2017 Beneath the dark canopy, vines corkscrew around bulbous trunks and palms burst up like giant shuttlecocks from the dense foliage underfoot. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Madagascar: The Greatest Adventure You Haven't Had Yet," 28 Mar. 2017

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1522, in the meaning defined above


1687, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shuttlecock

: a light object shaped like a cone that is hit over the net in the game of badminton


shut·tle·cock | \ˈshə-tᵊl-ˌkäk \

Kids Definition of shuttlecock

: a light cone-shaped object that is used in badminton

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