- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹɪkəʃeɪ/, /ˈɹɪkəʃɛt/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -eɪ
- Hyphenation: ric‧o‧chet
ricochet (plural ricochets)
- (military) A method of firing a projectile so that it skips along a surface.
- An instance of ricocheting; a glancing rebound.
- To rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction.
- #* 2018 June 24, Sam Wallace, “Harry Kane scores hat-trick as England hit Panama for six to secure World Cup knock-out qualification”, in Telegraph (UK):
- Everything that could go right for England did although they never felt lucky and they chuckled at Kane’s third that ricocheted off his heel while he was looking the other way.
- (military) To operate upon by ricochet firing.
Origin uncertain. The word first appears in the phrases chanson du/de riochet, fable du ricochet. This is apparently related to other story-titles such as the fable du rouge kokelet; other dialectal terms such as ripoton (“duckling”) and Norman recoquet (“chick”) has led to theories that the word originally indicated a "young cock". The sense-development is unclear.
ricochet m (plural ricochets)