racket, n. 1. noise, din, uproar, clamor, hubbub; vociferation, vociferousness, babel, shouting, whooping, bellowing, yelling, roaring, hooting, Inf. hollering, squalling, howling, crying, bawling, wailing, shrieking, screeching, shrilling, caterwauling; babbling, chattering, jabbering; hullabaloo, ballyhoo, outcry, bawl, hue and cry, fuss; clangor, clatter, rattle, rattling around, brattle, clanking, jangling, Inf. clunking.
2. jollity, jollification, hilarity, frolic, fun, fun and games, gaiety, merriment, conviviality, merrymaking, Inf. goings on, Inf. whoopee, Brit. Inf mafficking, Brit, holiday-making; festivities, partying, revelry, rev-elment, revels, carousal, wassail, saturnalia, orgy, charivari, Inf. shivaree, Inf. shindig, Inf. do, SI. hot time, SI. bash, SI. wing-ding, SI. blowout; commotion, bedlam, pandemonium, bluster, rumpus, hurly-burly, rowdiness, Inf. ruckus; fracas, brawl, donnybrook, free-for-all, beer garden, row, riot, turbulence, turmoil, tumult, disturbance, stir.
3. organized crime, illegal activity, the rackets, gangster or mob activities; smuggling, bootlegging, extortion, blackmail, embezzlement, graft, gambling, usury, theft, stealing; trick, scheme, machination, swindling, confidence game, SI. con game, Brit, confidence trick, Inf flimflamming.
racketeer, n. 1. gangster, mobster, mafioso, SI. gunsel; desperado, thug, terrorist; tough, Inf toughie, mugger, ruffian, rowdy, hoodlum, SI. hood, Inf goon, hooligan, Inf. roughneck, Inf. baddy, SI. bad actor, SI. mug, Australian SI. larrikin.
2. extortionist, extortioner, blackmailer, usurer, loan shark, SI. bleeder; smuggler, runner, bootlegger, contrabandist, white slaver; forger, counterfeiter, Fr. faux-monnayeur, Brit. Inf. coiner; fence.
3. swindler, fleecer, bilker, rook, trickster, sharper, Inf. hawk, card-sharper, bunko steersman, blackleg; confidence man, con artist, flimflam artist, highbinder, thimblerigger, Brit. SI. magsman, Australian. spieler; defaulter, SI. welsher; embezzler, peculator, Law. defalcator.
4. bandit, hold-up man, SI. stick-up man, armed robber; robber, thief, Inf. crook, stealer; criminal, felon, convict, SI. jailbird, parolee, ex-convict, Inf. ex-con; recidivist, Inf. chronic crook.
5. villain, blackguard, miscreant, malefactor, evildoer, Inf. bad guy, Inf. no-good.
rackety, adj. 1. noisy, loud, deafening, blatant, blaring, blasting; uproarious, clamorous, clamoring, vociferous, loud-mouthed; thunderous, blustery, blusterous, stentorian, stentorous; clangorous, clattering, rattling, clanking, jangling, Inf clunking; shrill, sharp, piercing, ear-piercing, earsplitting, stridulous, stridulant, stridulatory, strident, harsh, harsh-sounding, cacophonous, discordant, dissonant.