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Line breaks: bat¦man
Pronunciation: /ˈbatmən/

noun (plural batmen)

(In the British armed forces) an officer’s personal servant.
Example sentences
  • At the risk of annoying my friends in the Army top brass let me add that the institution of a batman or orderly for every army office even at peace stations is archaic and should be done away with.
  • In the garden I fell over the wall and drunkenly hushed my colleague, my batman, the other soldier in this two-person war against the future.
  • Another thing that makes us think he was wounded and is a prisoner is that his batman stayed with him, has never been seen, and is presumed to be a prisoner.


Mid 18th century (originally denoting an orderly in charge of the bat horse 'packhorse' which carried the officer's baggage): from Old French bat (from medieval Latin bastum 'packsaddle') + man.

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Batman 2 Line breaks: Bat¦man
Pronunciation: /ˈbatman/
A US cartoon, TV, and film character, by day the millionaire socialite Bruce Wayne but at night a cloaked and masked figure fighting crime in Gotham City.
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