batshit

adjective

bat·​shit
ˈbat-ˌshit
vulgar slang
: very irrational, excited, or angry : crazy entry 1
Some say he's smart and some say he's permanently batshit—but they don't say it to his face … . Besides, most truly talented people are, well, strange. Linda Ellerbee, And So It Goes, 1986
This tended to drive the real Hollywood people … absolutely batshit. Jay McInerney, The Guardian (London), 3 Nov. 1996
often used with go
… she shows you that you are not alone in the world, … lets you know that everyone goes batshit sometimes, and that recovering from it can lead you to expectations and views that translate to a new life, a better life. Sridhar Pappu, The Atlantic, January/February 2005
batshit adverb
Joey is aware that there are a lot of people, … who are just batshit crazy. David Brooks, Weekly Standard, 28 Apr. 2003
… over the years he's been called everything from ruthless to batshit insane … Seth Mnookin, Vanity Fair, December 2008

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of batshit was in 1971

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“Batshit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/batshit. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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