batty

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Etymology[edit]

bat +‎ -y. In sense “insane”, attested 1903, from expression have bats in one's belfry,[1] from tendency of bats to fly around erratically. Compare also batshit (insane) and squirrelly (jumpy, eccentric).

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batty (comparative battier, superlative battiest)

  1. (slang) Mad, crazy, silly.
  2. (obsolete) Belonging to, or resembling, a bat (mammal).
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
      And from each other look thou lead them thus
      Till o'er their brows death-counterfeiting sleep
      With leaden legs and batty wings doth creep.

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Noun[edit]

batty (plural batties)

  1. (West Indian slang) The buttocks or anus.
  2. (Jamaica, Britain, derogatory) A homosexual man.
    • 1996, Rudi Bleys, The geography of perversion
      For example, recent Jamaican 'raga' lyrics by Buju Banton and Brand Nubian attach the affirmation of black identity to crude animosity towards homosexuality and contain offensive language against the 'batties' as icons of non-blackness.

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  1. ^ batty” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.