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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Museums and galleries, already battered and bruised by the 1980s, largely gave into New Labour's agenda.’
    • ‘This year the lament and longing for the South, now standing so battered by Hurricane Katrina, strikes me with unusual poignancy.’
    • ‘That was because of the bruised and battered right thumb Harrington injured smashing it into a tree playing Thomas Levet on Friday.’
    • ‘An indictment could make it difficult for CA to borrow money and would be a severe blow to its already battered reputation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The new K - 1 Grand Prix Champion is battered and bruised and feels no pain - only the joy of victory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He looked battered, bruised and utterly defeated.’
    • ‘Fife is feeling battered and bruised at the moment.’
    • ‘The North Coast representative team is back from Gosford a little battered and bruised, but having performed competitively in every match.’
    • ‘They were both left badly battered and bruised.’
    • ‘In fact everyone is depending on the military to come through and prevent another wave of violence engulfing this already battered nation.’
    • ‘He came home 15 hours later, battered and bruised, and later went back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘We hope that he is not too battered and bruised,’ he said.’
    • ‘All 15 are eventually released, tired, bruised, battered and traumatised.’
    • ‘A schoolgirl has been left bruised and battered after she was subjected to a 10-minute beating by a gang of girls.’
    1. 1.1 Having suffered repeated violence from a spouse, partner, or parent.
      ‘battered babies’
      • ‘There are memoirs by battered wives, but not batterers.’
      • ‘She was often helping a battered wife or a person battling drug addiction or someone needing a place to stay for the night.’
      • ‘New York's approach might well cause other states to revisit harsh approaches to removals of children from the battered parent.’
      • ‘Why should police privacy be better-protected than that of battered spouses or deported passengers?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Muslim women and battered wives are joining forces to give their children an enjoyable day out.’
      • ‘They include referrals from Social Services and New Deal, pupils who do not attend school, special needs teenagers, battered wives and asylum seekers.’
      • ‘I was recently talking to a friend in London who works with battered wives and children.’
      • ‘Frankly, though, this strikes me as some sort of bizarre battered spouse response.’
      • ‘Raven hovered around the bruised and battered girl.’
      • ‘This arrangement proved to be both damaging and unhelpful for the battered wife.’
      • ‘She explains that her experience is not uncommon among battered wives.’
      • ‘Rai, who plays the role of a battered wife in the drama, has become a Cannes regular in recent years.’
      • ‘That history was one of poverty and violence, of battered women and abandoned children.’
      • ‘If children are abused and wives are battered, that has nothing to do with insufficient information.’
      • ‘Police in Basingstoke are called by at least one battered partner a day.’
      • ‘For battered wives, at least, it would have been a boon.’
      • ‘But it was only after the wine glass attack, on December 27, 2003, his battered partner decided she could take no more abuse.’
      • ‘As a result, shelter workers know all too well of the confusion and conflicting loyalties surrounding an individual battered wife.’
      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’
      • ‘Then there was the suit, which he wore well for a guy who lived in battered jeans and worn-out shirts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a nicely made coat, thick and warm, but it was battered and beaten.’
      • ‘For an instant, his painted, red-nailed forefinger catches the light as it strikes middle C on his old, battered harmonium.’
      • ‘The jeans are battered, the boots heavily scuffed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I followed him quietly around the other car park until we stopped beside a battered looking black car.’
      • ‘He fishes into a battered black holdall, pulls out the manifesto and triumphantly taps his forefinger on the table.’
      • ‘If your mouse pad is battered from years of hard use, consider purchasing a new one.’
      • ‘I never saw him in anything but jeans, shirts with snaps, boots, and a battered old hat.’
      • ‘In the boot of one lay a battered set of secure briefcases.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kurei pulled on his old battered trainers and black denim jacket.’
      • ‘He kicked off the battered boots and massaged his aching joints.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But showing up when it doesn't matter will not repair the damage to his battered image.’
      • ‘The screen rises and reveals a woman clad in battered basketball boots, pushed-down white socks, a denim skirt and an old guitar.’
      • ‘He fetched an extremely battered antique book from his bookshelf.’
      • ‘I don't have a wallet, just a battered black leather organiser, which I've had for almost 30 years.’
      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.

    • ‘We began with a steamed sea prawn and a battered deep fried river prawn with dipping sauce.’
    • ‘I like my chips open or wrapped, with a crisp wedge of battered cod perched precariously on top.’
    • ‘Mom, who usually gets battered and deep-fried prawns when she eats Chinese, said these were the best she's had.’
    • ‘Unilever launched a £25m advertising campaign in July aimed at giving the battered fish finger a healthier image.’
    • ‘But after that, full health is restored and young gentlemen are ready for a luncheon of a dozen lamb chops and a battered pudding.’
    • ‘The catch of choice here is cod, battered and cooked at high heat until the exterior takes on a golden hue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He came back with chips, a fishcake and a battered sausage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for dessert, the battered banana with honey was faultless and is highly recommended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can select battered sausages, battered onion rings, battered mushroom and more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others in the no-no category are deep fried or battered foods, pies and pasties, crisps and hot chips (french-fries).’

Pronunciation

battered

/ˈbatəd/