- the wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball.
- a racket, especially one used in badminton or table tennis.
- a whip used by a jockey.
- the act of using a club or racket in a game.
- the right or turn to use a club or racket.
- a heavy stick, club, or cudgel.
- Informal. a blow, as with a bat.
- any fragment of brick or hardened clay.
- Masonry. a brick cut transversely so as to leave one end whole.
- British Slang. speed; rate of motion or progress, especially the pace of the stroke or step of a race.
- Slang. a spree; binge: to go on a bat.
- a sheet of gelatin or glue used in bat printing.
- a slab of moist clay.
- a ledge or shelf in a kiln.
- a slab of plaster for holding a piece being modeled or for absorbing excess water from slip.
- to strike or hit with or as if with a bat or club.
- Baseball. to have a batting average of; hit: He batted .325 in spring training.
- to strike at the ball with the bat.
- to take one's turn as a batter.
- Slang. to rush.
- bat around,
- Slang.to roam; drift.
- Informal.to discuss or ponder; debate: We batted the idea around.
- Baseball.to have every player in the lineup take a turn at bat during a single inning.
- bat in, Baseball. to cause (a run) to be scored by getting a hit: He batted in two runs with a double to left.
- bat out, to do, write, produce, etc., hurriedly: I have to bat out a term paper before class.
- at bat, Baseball.
- taking one's turn to bat in a game: at bat with two men in scoring position.
- an instance at bat officially charged to a batter except when the batter is hit by a pitch, receives a base on balls, is interfered with by the catcher, or makes a sacrifice hit or sacrifice fly: two hits in three at bats.
- bat the breeze. breeze1(def 11).
- go to bat for, Informal. to intercede for; vouch for; defend: to go to bat for a friend.
- right off the bat, Informal. at once; without delay: They asked me to sing right off the bat.
Origin of bat1
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- to blink; wink; flutter.
- not bat an eye, to show no emotion or surprise; maintain a calm exterior: The murderer didn't bat an eye when the jury announced its verdict of guilty.
Origin of bat3
Related Words for battedsock, blow, knock, thwack, bop, crack, wallop, smack, swat, bang, slam, rap, thump, strike, whack, belt, whop
Examples from the Web for batted
Contemporary Examples of batted
She batted her blue eyes at the camera; they were like diamond studs over a silver platter lake.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
The suggestion was batted down, they said, because there would be no time to train anyone else.Whose Neglect Ushered in 9/11? Not Bush
September 11, 2012
I tried to carry on as if her death had not happened and batted away any inquiries about her.Rausing Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Drug Rehab
Martin Evans, Sam Marsden
August 1, 2012
And if he had said corruption, I don't think most people would have batted an eye.The Israel Leg: Not a Disaster, But Not Good
July 31, 2012
In a country where corruption is so endemic it is said to be part of the constitution, I never once batted an eyelid.Top Afghan General: Taliban Defeat Would Take Less Than a Year
July 31, 2012
Historical Examples of batted
Your great pup-pitcher, Newbert, was batted out in the fifth inning.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
Then Moslof batted one down to Edwards and was thrown out at first.
He fancied he had batted all kinds of pitching, but here was something new to him.
Jenkins gave it a swing over his head, then batted his knee with it.Five Little Peppers at School
And when she batted her eyes, I wondered that they didn't crack like a whip, they were so sharp.Old Ebenezer
- any of various types of club with a handle, used to hit the ball in certain sports, such as cricket, baseball, or table tennis
- a flat round club with a short handle, resembling a table-tennis bat, used by a man on the ground to guide the pilot of an aircraft when taxiing
- cricket short for batsman
- any stout stick, esp a wooden one
- informal a blow from such a stick
- Australian a small board used for tossing the coins in the game of two-up
- US and Canadian slang a drinking spree; binge
- slang speed; rate; pacethey went at a fair bat
- another word for batting (def. 1)
- carry one's bat cricket (of an opening batsman) to reach the end of an innings without being dismissed
- off one's own bat
- of one's own accord; without being prompted by someone else
- by one's own unaided efforts
- off the bat or right off the bat US and Canadian informal immediately; without hesitation
- (tr) to strike with or as if with a bat
- (intr) sport (of a player or a team) to take a turn at batting
Word Origin for bat
- any placental mammal of the order Chiroptera, being a nocturnal mouselike animal flying with a pair of membranous wings (patagia). The group is divided into the Megachiroptera (fruit bats) and Microchiroptera (insectivorous bats)Related adjective: chiropteran
- slang an irritating or eccentric woman (esp in the phrase old bat)
- blind as a bat having extremely poor eyesight
- have bats in the belfry or have bats in one's belfry informal to be mad or eccentric; have strange ideas
- like a bat out of hell slang very quickly
Word Origin for bat
- to wink or flutter (one's eyelids)
- not bat an eye or not bat an eyelid informal to show no surprise or concern
Word Origin for bat
"to hit with a bat," mid-15c., from bat (n.1). Related: Batted; batting.
"a stick, a club," Old English *batt "cudgel," perhaps from Celtic (cf. Irish and Gaelic bat, bata "staff, cudgel"), influenced by Old French batte, from Late Latin battre "beat;" all from PIE root *bhat- "to strike." Also "a lump, piece" (mid-14c.), as in brickbat. As a kind of paddle used to play cricket, it is attested from 1706.
Phrase right off the bat is 1888, also hot from the bat (1888), probably a baseball metaphor, but cricket is possible as a source; there is an early citation from Australia (in an article about slang): "Well, it is a vice you'd better get rid of then. Refined conversation is a mark of culture. Let me hear that kid use slang again, and I'll give it to him right off the bat. I'll wipe up the floor with him. I'll ---" ["The Australian Journal," November 1888].
flying mammal (order Chiroptera), 1570s, a dialectal alteration of Middle English bakke (early 14c.), which is probably related to Old Swedish natbakka, Old Danish nathbakkæ "night bat," and Old Norse leðrblaka "leather flapper," so original sense is likely "flapper." The shift from -k- to -t- may have come through confusion of bakke with Latin blatta "moth, nocturnal insect."
Old English word for the animal was hreremus, from hreran "to shake" (see rare (adj.2)), and rattle-mouse is attested from late 16c., an old dialectal word for "bat." As a contemptuous term for an old woman, perhaps a suggestion of witchcraft (cf. fly-by-night), or from bat as "prostitute who plies her trade by night" [Farmer, who calls it "old slang" and finds French equivalent "night swallow" (hirondelle de nuit) "more poetic"].
"to move the eyelids," 1847, American English, from earlier sense of "flutter as a hawk" (1610s), a variant of bate (v.2) on the notion of fluttering wings. Related: Batted; batting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bat
- bat an eye
- bat around
- bat one thousand
- bats in one's belfry, have
- bat the breeze
- at bat
- blind as a bat
- bats in one's belfry
- go to bat for
- like a bat out of hell
right off the bat.