One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mad; insane.‘you'll drive me batty!’
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- ‘I expected her to be all talked out on the subject of her great love; in fact she mentions Gainsbourg first, then evokes his memory repeatedly over the next hour, in which she's charming, if somewhat batty, company.’
- ‘Through her journal we learn that her father is a mildly batty author who is resented by the family for relocating them to a remote castle in the British countryside years before.’
- ‘We could guffaw at the antics of a batty learner-driver, a camp airport official or flummoxed hotel workers.’
- ‘And now the world and his wife are wondering what the batty couple will name their next child.’
- ‘Faint, hard-to-read indicators and an obtuse, non-intuitive interface drove me batty trying to move from one screen to the next.’
- ‘Julie, the wonderfully batty nurse, is back on duty.’
- ‘He was trying to be friendly in a slightly heavy-handed fashion, and possibly had a couple of marbles missing from his collection, but was more like a slightly batty grandfather, than a menace.’
- ‘When I'm old and grey and either too batty, too jaded or simply too wise to care much about social propriety and the trivia of a speeding fine, I will be buying myself a Micra and the A-roads will be mine.’
- ‘In Mr. Kirsch's telling, it is more like Mr. Holifield has interestingly presented the deranged notes that a batty aunt in the attic kept in a shoebox.’
- ‘You can drive yourself batty trying to figure out what every color is supposed to symbolize.’
- ‘The girl looked at the window of the Drexler place, and shied off as the old, batty pair of eyes came down upon her.’
- ‘To think that she has twice come close to being married, and especially to being married to young and attractive Fortune - she must be quite batty to turn away from that.’
- ‘Where's the batty professor gotten himself now?’
- ‘I'm trying to be patient, I'm trying to be understanding, but all I'm ending up with is batty.’
- ‘But he admits being batty about the phenomenon.’
- ‘Don Quijote's pretense at madness and further references to Mambrino's basin, is starting to convince Sancho that his master is indeed batty and he tells him so.’
- ‘It drives me absolutely batty when I thank a waiter, sales clerk, or other paid service person and the response is ‘no problem.’’
- ‘I looked at the audience and thought: how come it is always these people, or their fathers, grandfathers, cousins and batty aunts, who find their way into clubs?’
- ‘The school really is batty giving people like you a second look for their scholastic achievement.’
- ‘Her impulsive, easily outraged father has removed all his children from school to be home-educated, and her mother, a batty inventor, is usually ensconced among collections of not-quite-perfected gadgets.’
Early 20th century: from bat + -y. Compare with bats.
A person's bottom.
- ‘Shake your batty low, shake your batty high; don't ask me, who, where, when or why.’
- ‘You're never far from a party and a sound system in Jamaica, whether you want to shake your batty to the latest dancehall mixes or sink rum punches at sundown.’
- ‘You cannot just sit on your batty at home watching granada men and motors.’
1930s: representing a pronunciation of botty.
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