battered wife meaning, battered wife definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( batters    plural & 3rd person present)   ( battering    present participle)   ( battered    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone is battered, they are regularly hit and badly hurt by a member of their family or by their partner.  
...evidence that the child was being battered.      be V-ed  
...boys who witness fathers battering their mothers.      V n  
...battered wives.      V-ed  
  battering      n-uncount  
Leaving the relationship does not mean that the battering will stop.     
2       verb   To batter someone means to hit them many times, using fists or a heavy object.  
He battered her around the head...      V n prep/adv  
He was battered unconscious.      be V-ed adj, Also V n  
  battered      adj  
Her battered body was discovered in a field.     
3       verb   If a place is batteredby wind, rain, or storms, it is seriously damaged or affected by very bad weather.  
usu passive   (=pound)  
The country has been battered by winds of between fifty and seventy miles an hour.      be V-ed  
...a storm that's been battering the Northeast coastline.      V n  
4       verb   If you batter something, you hit it many times, using your fists or a heavy object.  
They were battering the door, they were breaking in...      V n  
Batter the steaks flat.      V n adj  
5       n-var   Batter is a mixture of flour, eggs, and milk that is used in cooking.  
...pancake batter., in batter.     
6       n-count   In sports such as baseball and softball, a batter is a person who hits the ball with a wooden bat.  
...batters and pitchers.     
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attractive woman that you marry to show your success
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and his concubine, or a woman greatly his inferior, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. The concept is now limited to royal marriages. Syn. Morganatic marriage or marriage of the left hand.
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”


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