Sense: 1, 4-5
|Origin:||Probably from bate 'to beat the wings' (13-20 centuries), from Old French batre 'to hit'|
bat2 past tense and past participle batted, present participle batting
1 [intransitive and transitive]DSCDSB
to hit the ball with a bat in cricket or baseball
to not seem to be shocked, surprised, or embarrassed:
They started talking about sex, but she didn't bat an eyelid.
if a woman bats her eyes, she opens and closes them several times quickly in order to look attractive to men
4 American English informal
to help and support someone
5 American English informal
to be very successful:
She's been batting a thousand since she got that job.