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batter

1
[ bat-er ]
/ ˈbæt ər /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to deal heavy, repeated blows; pound steadily: continuing to batter at the front door.
noun
Printing.
  1. a damaged area on the face of type or plate.
  2. the resulting defect in print.
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Origin of batter

1
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English bateren, probably from Middle French, Old French batre “to beat,” with the French infinitive ending -re identified with -er6; see bate2

Other definitions for batter (2 of 4)

batter2
[ bat-er ]
/ ˈbæt ər /

noun
a mixture of flour, milk or water, eggs, etc., beaten together for use in cookery.
verb (used with object)
to coat with batter.

Origin of batter

2
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English bat(o)ur, bat(e)re, perhaps from Anglo-French bature, Old French bat(e)ure “act of beating,” equivalent to bat(re) “to beat” + -eure (from -ātūra assumed abstract noun suffix); reinforced by batter1; see origin at bate2, -ate2, -ure

Other definitions for batter (3 of 4)

batter3
[ bat-er ]
/ ˈbæt ər /

noun Sports.
a player who swings a bat or whose turn it is to bat, as in baseball or cricket.

Origin of batter

3
First recorded in 1765–75; bat1 + -er1

Other definitions for batter (4 of 4)

batter4
[ bat-er ]
/ ˈbæt ər /
Architecture

verb (used without object)
(of the face of a wall or the like) to slope backward and upward.
noun
a backward and upward slope of the face of a wall or the like.

Origin of batter

4
First recorded in 1540–50; of obscure origin
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How to use batter in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for batter (1 of 5)

batter1
/ (ˈbætə) /

verb
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

Word Origin for batter

C14 bateren, probably from batten to bat 1

British Dictionary definitions for batter (2 of 5)

batter2
/ (ˈbætə) /

noun
a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk, used to make cakes, pancakes, etc, and to coat certain foods before frying

Word Origin for batter

C15 bater, probably from bateren to batter 1

British Dictionary definitions for batter (3 of 5)

batter3
/ (ˈbætə) /

noun
sport a player who bats

British Dictionary definitions for batter (4 of 5)

batter4
/ (ˈbætə) /

noun
the slope of the face of a wall that recedes gradually backwards and upwards
verb
(intr) to have such a slope

Word Origin for batter

C16 (vb: to incline): of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for batter (5 of 5)

batter5
/ (ˈbætə) /

noun
a spree or debauch

Word Origin for batter

C19: of unknown origin
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