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[bat-ee] /ˈbæt i/
adjective, battier, battiest. Slang.
insane; crazy; eccentric.
Origin of batty
bat2 + -y1
Related forms
battiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Either he's batty or else he's pretendin' to be, one or the other.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I had a batty idea that the next whiff of breeze would jar it loose.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • So far as looks went, we were just as batty as Sir Peter with his wooden hat.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Ma says as how ye could be made into a woman if ye hadn't got batty with birds and things.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • Guess I must have sat there, starin' bug-eyed and lookin' batty, from 14th to Wall.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Indeed, I will at once compel Mr. batty to contradict the report which is afloat.

    Grace Darling

    Eva Hope
  • There's a woman lobbyin' for Burroughs, so they say, and she's got Blair batty!

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
British Dictionary definitions for batty


adjective (slang) -tier, -tiest
insane; crazy
odd; eccentric
Word Origin
C20: from bat²; compare the phrase have bats in the belfry
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Word Origin and History for batty

1580s, "pertaining to bats," from bat (n.2) + -y (2). Slang sense "nuts, crazy" is attested from 1903, from the expression (to have) bats in (one's) belfry, also meaning "not be right in the head" (1899).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for batty



Crazy; nuts: He was grinning like he was bats/ funnier than you'd expect, fairly batty ( first form 1920+, second form 1900+)

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have bats in one's belfry


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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