from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of batter.
  • adj. Beaten up through a lot of use; in rough condition; weathered, beat-up.
  • adj. Beaten repeatedly or consistently; beaten up.
  • adj. Coated with batter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. In deplorable condition.
  • adj. Hit or pounded repeatedly and violently with heavy blows; ; antomyn of unbattered.
  • adj. Damaged especially by hard usage.
  • adj. beaten repeatedly; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Beaten down or bruised; worn or impaired, as by beating or long service: as, a battered pavement; battered type; a battered jade.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. damaged especially by hard usage
  • adj. exhibiting symptoms resulting from repeated physical and emotional injury
  • adj. damaged by blows or hard usage


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  • heard it on tv when a doctor said that the corpse was battered.

    October 31, 2010