battered

adjective bat·tered \ ˈba-tərd \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of battered

1 : damaged or worn down by hard use
  • a battered old hat
  • a battered truck
2 : injured by repeated blows
  • the victim's battered body
  • a boxer's battered face
3 : subjected to repeated physical abuse
  • providing help for battered wives/children
  • … the store turned into an impromptu women's crisis center, where battered women and mothers trying to rescue their daughters from abusive dads gravitated.
  • —Donna Minkowitz

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First Known Use of battered

1593


BATTERED Defined for Kids

battered

adjective bat·tered \ ˈba-tərd \

Definition of battered for Students

: worn down or injured by hard use
  • She wore a battered old hat.


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