Main definitions of battered in English

: battered1battered2

battered1

adjective

  • 1Injured by repeated blows or punishment.

    ‘he finished the day battered and bruised’
    • ‘She expected a retort, another blow to her already battered body, but neither came.’
    • ‘A schoolgirl has been left bruised and battered after she was subjected to a 10-minute beating by a gang of girls.’
    • ‘They were both left badly battered and bruised.’
    • ‘‘We hope that he is not too battered and bruised,’ he said.’
    • ‘That was because of the bruised and battered right thumb Harrington injured smashing it into a tree playing Thomas Levet on Friday.’
    • ‘His only priority should be the future wellbeing of the country and its people of all cultures, ages and wealth, not the battered and bruised egos of past conquests.’
    • ‘Speculation is mounting over the leadership of the Labour group on Hull Council which has been left bruised and battered by the recent electoral defeat.’
    • ‘This year the lament and longing for the South, now standing so battered by Hurricane Katrina, strikes me with unusual poignancy.’
    • ‘In fact everyone is depending on the military to come through and prevent another wave of violence engulfing this already battered nation.’
    • ‘Cronulla have taken the route of least resistance after a mammoth meeting against the Roosters last weekend left them bruised and battered but very content.’
    • ‘Museums and galleries, already battered and bruised by the 1980s, largely gave into New Labour's agenda.’
    • ‘When he refused to hand over money the trio dragged him to the ground and launched into a vicious assault leaving the victim battered and bruised.’
    • ‘He looked battered, bruised and utterly defeated.’
    • ‘All 15 are eventually released, tired, bruised, battered and traumatised.’
    • ‘The North Coast representative team is back from Gosford a little battered and bruised, but having performed competitively in every match.’
    • ‘The last time he had been in his room he had been bruised and battered, staying only long enough to grab his money and some basic essentials before fleeing to the Bronx.’
    • ‘He came home 15 hours later, battered and bruised, and later went back.’
    • ‘Fife is feeling battered and bruised at the moment.’
    • ‘The new K - 1 Grand Prix Champion is battered and bruised and feels no pain - only the joy of victory.’
    • ‘An indictment could make it difficult for CA to borrow money and would be a severe blow to its already battered reputation.’
    1. 1.1 Having suffered repeated violence from a spouse, partner, or parent.
      ‘battered babies’
      • ‘She explains that her experience is not uncommon among battered wives.’
      • ‘Why should police privacy be better-protected than that of battered spouses or deported passengers?’
      • ‘That history was one of poverty and violence, of battered women and abandoned children.’
      • ‘Children from families experiencing domestic violence were recruited from battered women's shelters.’
      • ‘Well, my father is a bus driver - he used to be a chef - and my mum works in a refuge for battered wives.’
      • ‘This arrangement proved to be both damaging and unhelpful for the battered wife.’
      • ‘If children are abused and wives are battered, that has nothing to do with insufficient information.’
      • ‘But it was only after the wine glass attack, on December 27, 2003, his battered partner decided she could take no more abuse.’
      • ‘There are memoirs by battered wives, but not batterers.’
      • ‘New York's approach might well cause other states to revisit harsh approaches to removals of children from the battered parent.’
      • ‘Raven hovered around the bruised and battered girl.’
      • ‘She was often helping a battered wife or a person battling drug addiction or someone needing a place to stay for the night.’
      • ‘Police in Basingstoke are called by at least one battered partner a day.’
      • ‘Rai, who plays the role of a battered wife in the drama, has become a Cannes regular in recent years.’
      • ‘Frankly, though, this strikes me as some sort of bizarre battered spouse response.’
      • ‘Muslim women and battered wives are joining forces to give their children an enjoyable day out.’
      • ‘I was recently talking to a friend in London who works with battered wives and children.’
      • ‘As a result, shelter workers know all too well of the confusion and conflicting loyalties surrounding an individual battered wife.’
      • ‘For battered wives, at least, it would have been a boon.’
      • ‘They include referrals from Social Services and New Deal, pupils who do not attend school, special needs teenagers, battered wives and asylum seekers.’
      beaten, assaulted, thrashed, hit, thumped
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    2. 1.2 (of a thing) damaged by age and repeated use.
      ‘a pair of battered black boots’
      • ‘The screen rises and reveals a woman clad in battered basketball boots, pushed-down white socks, a denim skirt and an old guitar.’
      • ‘A swimmer gets up and approaches the sea and Haley is down once more, trotting on the black sand with a battered piece of flotation equipment, just in case.’
      • ‘In the boot of one lay a battered set of secure briefcases.’
      • ‘He kicked off the battered boots and massaged his aching joints.’
      • ‘I never saw him in anything but jeans, shirts with snaps, boots, and a battered old hat.’
      • ‘He reappeared a moment later, clutching a rather dusty and battered deck of cards.’
      • ‘He placed one battered boot on the first rung of the ladder.’
      • ‘For an instant, his painted, red-nailed forefinger catches the light as it strikes middle C on his old, battered harmonium.’
      • ‘He fetched an extremely battered antique book from his bookshelf.’
      • ‘The flint axehead used had been left at the barrow, its battered and damaged cutting edge precisely fitting some of the cutmarks on the wood.’
      • ‘But showing up when it doesn't matter will not repair the damage to his battered image.’
      • ‘The jeans are battered, the boots heavily scuffed.’
      • ‘If your mouse pad is battered from years of hard use, consider purchasing a new one.’
      • ‘It was a nicely made coat, thick and warm, but it was battered and beaten.’
      • ‘I don't have a wallet, just a battered black leather organiser, which I've had for almost 30 years.’
      • ‘I followed him quietly around the other car park until we stopped beside a battered looking black car.’
      • ‘Then there was the suit, which he wore well for a guy who lived in battered jeans and worn-out shirts.’
      • ‘Kurei pulled on his old battered trainers and black denim jacket.’
      • ‘I'm off to Paris tomorrow evening for a meeting on Thursday morning and I really didn't relish the thought of taking my battered boots along with me.’
      • ‘He fishes into a battered black holdall, pulls out the manifesto and triumphantly taps his forefinger on the table.’
      damaged, shabby, run down, worn out, falling to pieces, falling apart, dilapidated, rickety, ramshackle, crumbling, decayed, antiquated, superannuated, the worse for wear, on its last legs
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Pronunciation

battered

/ˈbatəd/

Main definitions of battered in English

: battered1battered2

battered2

adjective

  • (of food) coated in batter and deep-fried until crisp.

    • ‘The meat was grey and gristly, like it had been beaten with a mallet, mashed into a steak-like shape and then battered and deep-fried.’
    • ‘This eclectic appetizer is made up of deep-fried golden pieces of battered white fish laid out over small mats of tender baby eggplant, also fried in a batter.’
    • ‘I found gravy on my t-shirt next morning so I'm guessing chips, and possibly a battered sausage, were involved in the walk home.’
    • ‘We began with a steamed sea prawn and a battered deep fried river prawn with dipping sauce.’
    • ‘Mom, who usually gets battered and deep-fried prawns when she eats Chinese, said these were the best she's had.’
    • ‘The catch of choice here is cod, battered and cooked at high heat until the exterior takes on a golden hue.’
    • ‘As for dessert, the battered banana with honey was faultless and is highly recommended.’
    • ‘The cutlets came with battered onion rings oozing grease, mushrooms that could have been boiled for all the taste they had, a plain-grilled tomato and a pile of thin chips.’
    • ‘After 5 or 6 pints you will feel the need for battered sausages and chips, that's natural.’
    • ‘Slabs of cod are battered and cooked until they take on a golden hue, then served with a lemon wedge and creamy tartar sauce.’
    • ‘But after that, full health is restored and young gentlemen are ready for a luncheon of a dozen lamb chops and a battered pudding.’
    • ‘Others in the no-no category are deep fried or battered foods, pies and pasties, crisps and hot chips (french-fries).’
    • ‘I like my chips open or wrapped, with a crisp wedge of battered cod perched precariously on top.’
    • ‘He came back with chips, a fishcake and a battered sausage.’
    • ‘You can select battered sausages, battered onion rings, battered mushroom and more.’
    • ‘Unilever launched a £25m advertising campaign in July aimed at giving the battered fish finger a healthier image.’

Pronunciation

battered

/ˈbatəd/