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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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 One of the most amusing aspects of the movie — and of Swinton’s characteristically batty-brainy performance — is the swiftness with which Alithea gets used to having a 3,000-year-old djinn for company. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Still others are batty, squirrelly, bug-eyed, cockeyed cuckoos, who are mad as March hares, who are crazy as coots, loons, or bedbugs, who come at us like bats out of hell with their monkeyshines and drive us buggy with their horsing around. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 We are inundated with data on sleep, recovery, blood sugar, etc., all of which is eventually going to drive us batty through too many data points that may not even prove useful. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 26 Dec. 2021 His batty brogue is a facsimile of Williams’ — the musical scrupulously avoids fixing anything that isn’t broken (or breaking any sort of ground at all) — but McClure otherwise owns this resurrection, seizing the part for his own. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 5 Dec. 2021 Like any coach, Kerr is driven batty by rookies, but Moody might not be a typical rookie. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021 Reeves made an impression with this brooding performance early in his career, acting opposite a batty Crispin Glover performance. Ben Flanagan |, al, 2 Sep. 2021 It’s so batty and odd and so Succession, that moment. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 5 Aug. 2021 But that's to the film's benefit; with so many pieces in play, Miike is freed up to orchestrate one batty setpiece after another. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of batty

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 May 2022

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“Batty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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

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