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insane; crazy; eccentric.
Contemporary Examples

It should go without saying that his ideas about how to fight poverty are as a batty as they come, completely driven by ideology.
Boehner, the Tea Party, and the Ryan Express Michael Tomasky December 12, 2013

The song title “batty Man Fi Dead,” for example, means “All Faggots Should Be Killed.”
How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile Jay Michaelson December 8, 2014

And the two of us say that paying college athletes their “fair-market value” is a batty idea.
Kevin Ware and Market Value of College Athletes Michael Tomasky April 1, 2013

Historical Examples

The crowd laughed incredulously and said: “Poor fellow, he’s batty.”
Think Col. Wm. C. Hunter

Indeed, I will at once compel Mr. batty to contradict the report which is afloat.
Grace Darling Eva Hope

As he moved around inside setting things to rights, batty Carson held up a finger and winked.
Travelers Five Along Life’s Highway Annie Fellows Johnston

Either he’s batty or else he’s pretendin’ to be, one or the other.
Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln

He knew that in damp weather batty limped and confessed that his leg pained him a bit, from an old hurt he ‘d had in the East.
Never-Fail Blake Arthur Stringer

I had a batty idea that the next whiff of breeze would jar it loose.
Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford

batty Smith was awarded one and a half year’s imprisonment, and appealed against his sentence.
The Escaping Club A. J. Evans

adjective (slang) -tier, -tiest
insane; crazy
odd; eccentric

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).


Crazy; nuts: He was grinning like he was bats/ funnier than you’d expect, fairly batty ( first form 1920+, second form 1900+)

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