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bat +‎ -s- +‎ -man


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batsman (plural batsmen)

  1. (cricket) A player of the batting side now on the field.
  2. (cricket) The player now receiving strike; the striker.
    • 2001 June 19, Price, Julia, “Julia's Ashes Diary 2001”, in Women's Cricket in Australia -Ashes Tour 2001[1],, archived from the original on 22 March 2015, retrieved 22 March 2015:
      The batsman, Kathryn Leng, (who has played for quite a few years for England) asked the umpire dumbfounded if Charlie was going to bowl with a helmet on.
  3. (cricket) Any player selected for his or her team principally to bat, as opposed to a bowler.
  4. (cricket) Any of the above senses, restricted to male players.
  5. (baseball, now rare) A hitter.
  6. (aviation, historical) An officer who used a pair of hand-held bats to signal to aircraft as they came in to land on the flight deck.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The term batsman is applied to both male and female cricketers; batswoman is much rarer.
  • In baseball, batsman is rarely used outside of the phrase 'hit batsman'



  • (cricket): batswoman (female) (when "batsman" is treated as both male and female)


  • (male cricketer): batter (rare) (both male and female)
  • (cricket): cricketer


  • (cricket): batswoman (female) (when "batsman" is treated as only male)

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