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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: batre or English bat 'to hit'

batter

1 verb
     
bat‧ter1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
to hit someone or something again and again, in a way that hurts someone or causes damage:
As a child she was battered by her father.
batter at/on/against etc
People were battering at the door.
He was battered on the head with a cricket bat.
batter away
She battered away at his chest with her fists.
batter something down
Armed police battered his door down.
battering noun [uncountable and countable]

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