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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The man is 90 % batty, with flashes of astuteness.
▪ Wilkens delivers a show-stopping performance as the batty Madame Arcati.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Batty \Bat"ty\ (b[a^]t"t[y^]), a.

  1. Belonging to, or resembling, a bat. ``Batty wings.''

  2. Crazy; demented; loony; nuts; as, her constant gabbing is driving me batty. [Colloq.]

    Syn: bats.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, "pertaining to bats," from bat (n.2) + -y (2). Slang sense "nuts, crazy" is attested from 1903, from the expression (to have) bats in (one's) belfry, also meaning "not be right in the head" (1899).


a. 1 (context slang English) mad, crazy, silly. 2 (context obsolete English) Belonging to, or resembling, a bat (mammal). n. 1 (context West Indian slang English) The buttocks or anus. 2 (context Jamaica UK derogatory English) A homosexual man.

  1. adj. informal or slang terms for mentally irregular; "it used to drive my husband balmy" [syn: balmy, barmy, bats, bonkers, buggy, cracked, crackers, daft, dotty, fruity, haywire, kooky, kookie, loco, loony, loopy, nuts, nutty, round the bend, around the bend, wacky, whacky]

  2. [also: battiest, battier]


Batty is a surname and is most commonly found in Yorkshire, northern England. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Basil Staunton Batty (1873–1952), Anglican bishop
  • Bob Batty, Australian rugby league footballer
  • David Batty (born 1968), former English footballer
  • Francis de Witt Batty (1879–1961), English-born Bishop of New South Wales, Australia (1931–58)
  • Gareth Batty (born 1977), English cricketer
  • Grant Batty (born 1951), former New Zealand rugby union player
  • Jane Batty, Canadian politician
  • Jason Batty (born 1971), retired New Zealand footballer
  • Jeremy Batty (born 1971), English cricketer
  • Jonathan Batty (born 1974), English cricketer
  • Kenneth Batty, former English rugby league player
  • Nathan Batty, English rugby league player
  • Paul Batty (born 1964), former English footballer
  • Robert Batty (artist) (1789–1848), English army officer and artist
  • Robert Batty (physician) (1763–1849), his father, English physician
  • Ron Batty (1925–1971), English footballer
  • Rosie Batty (born 1962), 2015 Australian of the Year
  • Ross Batty (born 1986), English rugby union player
  • Seán Batty (born 1982), Scottish weather presenter

Fictional people:

  • Roy Batty, from Blade Runner
  • Nora Batty, a character from Last of the Summer Wine
  • Professor Batty in "Flip Decision." See Flipism
Batty (video game)

Batty is a bat-and-ball, Breakout clone-style video game, published by Elite in 1987 and available for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC. The game was initially released in late 1987, both as part of the "6-Pak Vol. 2" compilation and as a free cover-mounted cassette with the October 1987 issue of " Your Sinclair" magazine. It later reached cult status and received a standalone commercial release in its own right, albeit on Elite's budget "Encore" label.

Usage examples of "batty".

Aiyana and Batty exchanged an impertinent glance, then spoke together.

The Dwindle Bats offered a final chorus in honor of Batty, and Dane grumbled.

From the corner of his eye, he saw Batty looking aghast, puckered mouth dropped, shaking his small head.

She wanted Batty to find She Who Leaps High again, and create a new subspecies of bat.

Dane concealed the hovercraft behind a shuttle bay, then led Aiyana and Batty toward the nearest vehicle.

But by the time I arrived at the embassy, Batty told me they were already bargaining for the sport of you.

Aiyana glanced down at Batty, who had made his way to the front of the craft again.

Beyond the sight of the viewport monitor, Aiyana handled the communication panel, while Arnoth sat at the weapons control with Batty on his shoulder.

But she knew, suddenly and with force, that what really mattered was that with Dane, with Arnoth and Rurthgar, with Batty, she was doing the right thing.

Batty and Carob perched on his shoulder, Batty tense and straight, Carob hunched as if in thought.

Mrs Batty was astounded, and expressed surprise that it had managed to conceal itself for so long.

I found Mrs Batty, and told her that the young lady had been severely shaken by the storm, suggesting that she had better lie down for a little.

Mrs Batty received my determination to change my room easily enough, but with a protest as to the dampness of the Stone Chamber.

Knaggs the systems engineer, so the Doctor uses me as a messenger when Batty breaks down.

As he kicked it again, his foot knocked against the ancient robot head that Batty had been carrying since intercepting Danecki in the ruins above.