—n. 1. Also called bat'tledore and shut'tlecock. a game from which badminton was developed, played since ancient times in India and other Asian countries.
2. a light racket for striking the shuttlecock in this game.
3. a 17th- and 18th-century hornbook of wood or cardboard, used as a child's primer.
—v.t., v.i. to toss or fly back and forth: to battledore the plan among one's colleagues.