Definitions

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  • noun fecal matter produced by bats
  • adjective slang Too irrational to be dealt with sanely.
  • adverb slang Used as an intensifier, particularly for insane or synonyms.

Etymologies

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Presumably from batty ("crazy"), itself from earlier have bats in one's belfry, from tendency of bats to fly around erratically. Possibly influenced by or derived from apeshit, particularly in phrase go apeshit.

Examples

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  • I'm fond of the phrase batshit crazy

    February 17, 2007

  • I favor apeshit myself.

    February 17, 2007

  • Leave us not forget the ever-popular: ratshit!

    February 17, 2007

  • Even better if you don't give a rat's ass.

    February 17, 2007

  • Does "batshit" have to be used with "crazy"? I always use it by itself--e.g. "screendoor drives me batshit."

    February 18, 2007

  • It can be used with or without crazy.

    February 18, 2007

  • I do so love usage questions like that.

    February 18, 2007

  • See also the interesting conversation that's sprung up (like so many toadstools) over on batshit crazy.

    June 20, 2008

  • Here's another question, c_b: Would this qualify as an entry on your Specific Excrement list?

    June 20, 2008

  • Yes, it's there as guano.

    June 20, 2008