batty 1580s, "pertaining to bats," from BAT (Cf. bat) (n.2) + -Y (Cf. -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).

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  • Batty — Bat ty (b[a^]t t[y^]), a. 1. Belonging to, or resembling, a bat. Batty wings. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Crazy; demented; loony; nuts; as, her constant gabbing is driving me batty. [Colloq.] Syn: bats. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • batty — ► ADJECTIVE (battier, battiest) informal ▪ mad. DERIVATIVES battiness noun. ORIGIN from BAT(Cf. ↑bat) …   English terms dictionary

  • batty — [bat′ē] adj. battier, battiest [< BAT2 + Y2] Slang crazy or eccentric …   English World dictionary

  • batty — [[t]bæ̱ti[/t]] battier, battiest ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is batty, you mean that they are rather eccentric or slightly crazy. [BRIT, INFORMAL] Laura s going a bit batty. ...some batty uncle of theirs. Syn: barmy …   English dictionary

  • batty — adj. (slang) mad to go batty over * * * [ bætɪ] (slang) [ mad ] to go batty over …   Combinatory dictionary

  • batty — UK [ˈbætɪ] / US adjective Word forms batty : adjective batty comparative battier superlative battiest informal slightly crazy …   English dictionary

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  • batty — adj Crazy, insane. If you think I m going to get me to date your sister, you re batty. 1900s …   Historical dictionary of American slang