Definition of batten on
British, formal + disapproving
: to live well or succeed by using (something or someone) He is someone who battens on the generosity of others.
Word by Word Definitions
: to grow fat
: to feed gluttonously
: a piece of lumber used especially for flooring
: a thin narrow strip of lumber used especially to seal or reinforce a joint
: a strip, bar, or support resembling or used similarly to a batten (as in a sail)
: to furnish with battens
: to make one secure by or as if by battens
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