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1 a loud and disturbing noise
2 an illegal enterprise (such as extortion or fraud or drug peddling or prostitution) carried on for profit [syn: fraudulent scheme, illegitimate enterprise]
3 the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience; "modern music is just noise to me" [syn: noise, dissonance]
4 a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games [syn: racquet]


1 celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities; "The members of the wedding party made merry all night"; "Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!" [syn: revel, make whoopie, make merry, make happy, whoop it up, jollify, wassail]
2 make loud and annoying noises
3 hit (a ball) with a racket

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈɹækɪt/, /"r

Extensive Definition

Racket may mean:
See also:
  • Rackett (a Renaissance woodwind instrument)
racket in German: Racket

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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