bat·​ty ˈba-tē How to pronounce batty (audio)
battier; battiest
: of, relating to, or resembling a bat
… the monster envelopes her in its batty wings and zips off to another world …Sara Boboltz
: lacking reason or mental soundness : foolish, irrational
batty ideas
I'm doing the battiest things: leaving my phone in the fridge and forgetting my keys.Kate Spicer
… all work and no play will drive you batty.Adam Pockross
… Old Man Winter refuses to take his snowball and go home. So we're stuck inside a little bit longer, maybe going a little batty after six months of winter.Joel Schlesinger
: extremely irritated, angry, or aggressive
… the relatively minor annoyances that for some reason get your goat and drive you batty.JR Raphael
Nothing drives me battier than overpaying for something I don't even enjoy.Cherie Low
… it's anyone's guess precisely why the Canadiens veteran forward went batty on New York Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter …Dave Stubbs
battiness noun
Balancing a hat on top of a hat, David Dobkin's ''Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga'' tries to add even more humor to an event already legendary for its excesses and battiness. Jeannette Catsoulis
She is believable as the often-confused but resourceful Alice, giving her a little touch of battiness. Kathy Lauer-Williams

Examples of batty in a Sentence

a batty old lady who lives with 100 cats
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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of batty was in 1600

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“Batty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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bat·​ty ˈbat-ē How to pronounce batty (audio)
battier; battiest
: lacking reason or mental soundness : foolish

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