batty

adjective
bat·​ty | \ ˈba-tē How to pronounce batty (audio) \
battier; battiest

Definition of batty

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a bat
2 : mentally unstable : crazy

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Other Words from batty

battiness noun

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Examples of batty in a Sentence

a batty old lady who lives with 100 cats
Recent Examples on the Web Remember Tipper Gore’s batty crusade against rap records? Kyle Smith, National Review, "Of Course There’s a Muppet Trigger Warning," 22 Feb. 2021 Donald Trump and Joe Biden sent video messages — both of which drove me a little batty at times. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Amy Coney Barrett and the Best of America," 5 Oct. 2020 That’s why Joe Biden’s battle-for-the-soul-of-America business drives me batty. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "The Democrats Can’t Come to the Rescue When They Dance with the Devil," 24 Aug. 2020 Yet Dujardin’s commitment to his batty character is unflinching. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: A lost voice returns with ‘The Half of It’," 1 May 2020 Yet Dujardin’s commitment to his batty character is unflinching. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: A lost voice returns with ‘The Half of It’," 1 May 2020 Yet Dujardin’s commitment to his batty character is unflinching. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Deerskin’ Review: Swayed by Suede," 30 Apr. 2020 If a bat virus similar to RaTG13 got into an animal already infected with a coronavirus which boasted an RBD better suited to infecting humans, a basically batty virus with a more human-attuned RBD might well arise. The Economist, "The origin of covid-19 The pieces of the puzzle of covid-19’s origin are coming to light," 2 May 2020 The Batty caves are not now notably batty but were undeniably home to batty occupants around 1964. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 Goes Nowhere, Man," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of batty

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Mar 2021

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“Batty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/batty. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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batty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of batty

informal
: foolish or silly

batty

adjective
bat·​ty | \ ˈba-tē How to pronounce batty (audio) \
battier; battiest

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