Definition of

Batter

  1. (noun, food) a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
  2. (noun, person) (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting
  3. (verb, change) make a dent or impression in
  4. (verb, contact) strike violently and repeatedly
  5. (verb, contact) strike against forcefully

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Origin of the word Batter

  1. "strike repeatedly, beat violently and rapidly," early 14c., from O.Fr. batre "to beat, strike" (11c., Mod.Fr. battre "to beat, to strike"), from L. battuere "to beat, strike," an old word in Latin, but almost certainly borrowed from Gaulish, from PIE base *bhau- "to strike" (cf. Welsh bathu "beat;" O.E. beadu "battle," beatan "t… more
  2. "flour, eggs, and milk beaten together," late 14c., from O.Fr. batteure "a beating," from L. battuere (see batter (v.)). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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