- to beat persistently or hard; pound repeatedly.
- to damage by beating or hard usage: Rough roads had battered the car. High winds were battering the coast.
- to deal heavy, repeated blows; pound steadily: continuing to batter at the front door.
- a damaged area on the face of type or plate.
- the resulting defect in print.
Origin of batter1
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- a mixture of flour, milk or water, eggs, etc., beaten together for use in cookery.
- to coat with batter.
Origin of batter2
- (of the face of a wall or the like) to slope backward and upward.
- a backward and upward slope of the face of a wall or the like.
Origin of batter4
Examples from the Web for battered
The King returns to Cleveland, a battered Kobe battles in the West, and the Zen Master is christened the savior of New York.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling
October 27, 2014
I disturb their efforts to get their children and the few clothes they have with them clean using hoses and battered buckets.Turkish President Kisses Off Kurds Under Siege By ISIS
October 7, 2014
Now the Shabaks have few guns—though one guard sported a battered AK-47.The Tragic Exodus of Iraq’s Christians
June 22, 2014
When the speech ended, with “I am proud to present . . . ” Furry, carrying his battered Epiphone guitar, limped onto the stage.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
With a spreadsheet and an obsession with basketball, Jeff Stotts can predict how long it will take a battered athlete to return.The Nate Silver of Sports Injuries
May 26, 2014
So he just sat there, quivering, bleeding, battered—but a conqueror.A Night Out
He looked round him for the battered article that served him for head-gear.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Battered and worn from the day's impressions I wanted to be alone and to think.
Dimly as she passed below I could see how old she was, how worn and battered by the waves.
The memory of that bruised and battered face was warning enough.Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts
Roy Rutherford Bailey
- subjected to persistent physical violence, esp by a close relative living in the same housea battered baby
- coated in battera battered cod
- to hit (someone or something) repeatedly using heavy blows, as with a club or other heavy instrument; beat heavily
- (tr; often passive) to damage or injure, as by blows, heavy wear, etc
- (tr) social welfare to subject (a person, esp a close relative living in the same house) to repeated physical violence
- (tr) to subject (a person, opinion, or theory) to harsh criticism; attack
- a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk, used to make cakes, pancakes, etc, and to coat certain foods before frying
- sport a player who bats
- the slope of the face of a wall that recedes gradually backwards and upwards
- (intr) to have such a slope
- a spree or debauch
Word Origin and History for battered
"strike repeatedly, beat violently and rapidly," early 14c., from Old French batre "to beat, strike" (11c., Modern French battre "to beat, to strike"), from Latin battuere "to beat, strike," an old word in Latin, but almost certainly borrowed from Gaulish, from PIE root *bhau- "to strike" (cf. Welsh bathu "beat;" Old English beadu "battle," beatan "to beat," bytl "hammer, mallet"). Began to be widely used 1962 in reference to domestic abuse. Related: Battered; battering. Battering-ram is an ancient weapon (Latin aries), but the word attested only from 1610s.
"flour, eggs, and milk beaten together," late 14c., from Old French batteure "a beating," from Latin battuere "to beat, knock" (see batter (v.)).