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batty

[bat-ee]
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adjective, bat·ti·er, bat·ti·est. Slang.
  1. insane; crazy; eccentric.
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Origin of batty

Related formsbat·ti·ness, noun
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Related Words

nuts, wacky, deranged, foolish, insane, silly, loco

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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


British Dictionary definitions for batty

batty

adjective -tier or -tiest slang
  1. insane; crazy
  2. odd; eccentric
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Word Origin

C20: from bat ²; compare the phrase have bats in the belfry
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

Word Origin and History for batty

adj.

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).

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