- to beat or strike with blow after blow; pound
- to subject (a smaller or weaker person) to frequent beatings
- to break to bits by pounding
- to injure or damage by pounding, by hard wear or use, etc.
Origin of batterMiddle English bateren from Old French battre from Vulgar Latin battere from Classical Latin battuere, to beat, via Gaulish from Indo-European base an unverified form bh?t-, to strike from source Classical Latin fatuus, foolish and Sanskrit bátati, (he) strikes; also, in part, frequentative of bat, verb