battiness

batty

[bat-ee]
adjective, battier, battiest. Slang.
insane; crazy; eccentric.

Origin:
bat2 + -y1

battiness, noun
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batty (ˈbætɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  insane; crazy
2.  odd; eccentric
 
[C20: from bat²; compare the phrase have bats in the belfry]

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batty
1580s, "pertaining to bats," from bat (n.2). Slang sense "nuts, crazy" is attested from 1903, from the expression (to have) bats in (one's) belfry, also meaning "not right in the head" (1901).
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bats definition


  1. mod.
    and batty. crazy. : You are driving me batty! , You are bats if you think I would ever wear a haircut like that.
  2. mod.
    and batty. alcohol intoxicated; confused and drunk. : The guy was bats—stewed to his ears. , He was a bit batty, but he'd been drinking since noon, so no one was surprised.
  3. n.
    the batsthe delirium tremens. (Always with the.) : My buddy is shaking because of a slight case of the bats.
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