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[kroh-key; British kroh-key, -kee] /kroʊˈkeɪ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ, -ki/

a game played by knocking wooden balls through metal wickets with mallets.
(in croquet) the act of driving away an opponent’s ball by striking one’s own when the two are in contact.
verb (used with object), croqueted
[kroh-keyd; British kroh-keyd, -keed] /kroʊˈkeɪd; British ˈkroʊ keɪd, -kid/ (Show IPA), croqueting
[kroh-key-ing; British kroh-key-ing, -kee-ing] /kroʊˈkeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ keɪ ɪŋ, -ki ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to drive away (a ball) by a croquet.
/ˈkrəʊkeɪ; -kɪ/
a game for two to four players who hit a wooden ball through iron hoops with mallets in order to hit a peg
the act of croqueting
verb -quets (-keɪz; -kɪz), -queting (-keɪɪŋ; -kɪɪŋ), -queted (-keɪd; -kɪd)
to drive away (another player’s ball) by hitting one’s own ball when the two are in contact

1858, from Northern French dialect croquet “hockey stick,” from Old North French “shepherd’s crook,” from Old French croc (12c.), from Old Norse krokr “hook” (see crook). Game originated in Brittany, popularized in Ireland c.1830, England c.1850, where it was very popular until 1872.


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