To batten is to grow fat by eating continuously.(verb)
To eat large meals every day and gain weigh is an example of to batten.
The definition of batten means to become well fed or wealthy at the expense of other people.(verb)
To steal from poor people in order to live a life of luxury is an example of to batten.
See batten in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: var. of baton
Origin: ON batna, improve < IE base *bhad-, good > better
Origin: Fr battant, orig. prp. of battre < OFr: see batter
See batten in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb bat·tened, bat·ten·ing, bat·tens verb, intransitive
Origin: Ultimately from Old Norse batna, to improve; see bhad- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English batent
Origin: , from Old French bataunt, wooden strip, clapper
Origin: , from
Origin: present participle of batre, to beat; see batter1.
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