Cro*quet" (kr?-k?"), n. [From
French; cf. Walloon croque blow, fillip. F. croquet
a crisp biscuit, croquer to crunch, fr. croc a
crackling sound, of imitative origin. Croquet then
properly meant a smart tap on the ball.]
1. An open-air game in which two or more
players endeavor to drive wooden balls, by means of mallets,
through a series of hoops or arches set in the ground according
to some pattern.
2. The act of croqueting.
Cro*quet", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Croqueted (-k?d); p. pr. & vb.
n. Croqueting (-k?"?ng).] In the game of
croquet, to drive away an opponent's ball, after putting one's
own in contact with it, by striking one's own ball with the