battered

adjective
bat·​tered | \ ˈba-tərd How to pronounce battered (audio) \

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

Examples of battered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, other men waited with battered wheelbarrows, hoping to earn a few pennies lugging supplies of wheat, sugar and cooking oil to peoples’ homes. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Last week, large gaps were evident in the battered tree bark roof of the large wetu, or traditional Wampanoag dwelling, that is a focal point of the Indigenous exhibit. Philip Marcelo, USA TODAY, 11 Aug. 2022 Last week, large gaps were evident in the battered tree bark roof of the large wetu, or traditional Wampanoag dwelling, that is a focal point of the Indigenous exhibit. Philip Marcelo, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Aug. 2022 The response to some of the worst flooding in Kentucky’s history entered a pivotal phase Saturday as the search for victims accelerated over a battered stretch of central Appalachia. Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 Outside the next apartment block, another woman, Larysa, sat at a battered wooden table pitting cherries to add sugar to and freeze for the winter. New York Times, 24 July 2022 The bumps and ridges formed by the embroidery are like a relief map of a battered woman’s soul. Diane Bernard, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 In this little-visited slice of Northern California, a mass shooting that occurred nearly five years ago has in some cases left behind battered people who have yet to reckon with its multilayered effects. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2022 The battle for Severodonetsk has raged for two months, ever since the Russian army—having lost as many as 15,000 troops killed since late February—pulled its battered battalions from northern Ukraine. David Axe, Forbes, 21 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of battered

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battered was in 1593

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14 Aug 2022

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“Battered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battered. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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battered

adjective
bat·​tered | \ ˈba-tərd \

Kids Definition of battered

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

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