bat·ty | \ˈba-tē \
battier; battiest

Definition of batty 

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a bat

2 : mentally unstable : crazy

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battiness noun

Examples of batty in a Sentence

a batty old lady who lives with 100 cats

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The most enjoyable part of the first two films was how every nerve in Dracula's batty body was stretched to the limit by being a single father and grandfather. Rick Bentley,, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 The first two films revealed that every nerve in Dracula’s batty body was stretched to the limit by being a single father and grandfather. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 2018 For much of the time, their status is something like that of beloved, deaf, and slightly batty old folk who cannot expect to be at the center of the family, but who are made to feel included on important occasions. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Ghosts of the Tsunami," 25 Oct. 2017 Conservatives are cheering for the failure of California and slightly nonplussed that New York City still refuses to regress into being an unlivable hellhole in spite of the best efforts of its batty Sandinista mayor. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White-Minstrel Show," 20 Oct. 2017 The donning of a batty hat—a tiara, a basket of fruit, a steering wheel!—is a fail-safe way to signal your strangeness. Michael Avedon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bazaar Things: Strange Is the New Black," 28 Aug. 2017 Few things drive conservative voters battier than phony politicians, those who say one thing and do another to avoid hard choices. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Our Self-Interested Senators," 20 July 2017 The draft is now about potential, not immediate impact, which contributes to batty decision-making. Jerry Brewer,, "The NBA offseason is already more compelling than the 2016-17 season," 21 June 2017 Are there more batty relatives lurking out there in the Amazon? National Geographic, "New Amazon Frog Named After Mythical Monster," 2 May 2016

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First Known Use of batty

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of batty

: foolish or silly


bat·ty | \ˈba-tē \
battier; battiest

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