- insane; crazy; eccentric.
Origin of batty
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Examples from the Web for batty
The song title “Batty Man Fi Dead,” for example, means “All Faggots Should Be Killed.”How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile
December 9, 2014
It should go without saying that his ideas about how to fight poverty are as a batty as they come, completely driven by ideology.Boehner, the Tea Party, and the Ryan Express
December 13, 2013
And the two of us say that paying college athletes their "fair-market value" is a batty idea.Kevin Ware and Market Value of College Athletes
April 2, 2013
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.
So far as looks went, we were just as batty as Sir Peter with his wooden hat.
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
- insane; crazy
- odd; eccentric
C20: from bat ²; compare the phrase have bats in the belfry
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Word Origin and History for batty
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