[ bat-er-er ]
/ ˈbæt ər ər /


a person or thing that batters.
a person who inflicts violent physical abuse upon a child, spouse, or other person.

Nearby words

  1. battered child,
  2. battered child syndrome,
  3. battered wife,
  4. battered woman,
  5. battered woman syndrome,
  6. batterie,
  7. batterie de cuisine,
  8. batteries,
  9. battering,
  10. battering ram

Origin of batterer

First recorded in 1605–15; batter1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for batterer

  • But a man who is already a batterer, he is probably going to abuse his partner more often in a stressful situation.

    Why Women Stay|Will Doig|April 14, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • It tore me apart Friday when I heard that Rihanna was already planning to reconcile with her batterer.

    Next Time, He'll Kill You|Linda Fairstein|March 8, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • It is Ocean, usurper of Earth's deepest vales, besieger of islands, batterer of continents.

    The Masque of the Elements|Herman Scheffauer

British Dictionary definitions for batterer


/ (ˈbætərə) /


  1. a person who batters someone
  2. (in combination)baby-batterer; wife-batterer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012