disturbed and batey


Senior Member

Does "batey" come from bat? But then it's "batey," not "batty." So maybe it means something else? Couldn't find it in the dictionaries.

I found it in the sentence:
"I certainly didn't want Caro disturbed and batey."
(Catherine Alliott, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton)

The context is this: a guy will be bringing a horse to someone's property, and offers to take her straight to the stables. Evie agrees, because she doesn't want to bother her sister-in-law Caro, in whose stable the horse will be staying. (Caro is "frightfully busy.")

  • rizhenka

    English - Britain
    I agree - OED online says 'bate' is slang for "A fit of bad temper; a rage." So batey is the adjective of that. It is also quite dated, certainly not found in general use for a few decades I shouldn't think.


    Senior Member
    Thank you both! It's good to know it's a dated word. I wouldn't have known since it's used in a contemporary novel that takes place in the present. Maybe the writer herself picked it up from older books. She does have an extensive vocabulary.

    Thanks again!
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