General English


  • noun somebody who uses a pair of bats to guide an aircraft when it is taxiing or parking


  • noun either of the two players currently at the wicket; the striker or non-striker
    Citation ‘14th: The Batt Men for every One they count are to touch the Umpires Stick’ (Articles of Agreement for a match between the Duke of Richmond and Mr Brodrick, 11 July 1727)
    Citation ‘The dresses of the “batsmen” appeared to be less “in the way” of the ball than might be supposed; and the gentlemen who acted as umpires were never once placed in the delicate position of having to give an lbw decision’ (account of a ‘Ladies’ Match’ in Town and country Journal [Sydney] 13 March 1886)
  • noun a player who specialises in batting
    Citation ‘Merchant had arrived on the tour bearing the badge “the soundest batsman in India”, pinned on him at the end of the 1933–1934 tour by Douglas Jardine’ (Bose 1990)
    Citation ‘Once more the frailty of the West Indian lower order was exposed…. Chief selector David Holford admitted it was “a bit of a worry” and advised all bowlers aspiring to West Indian selection to also regard themselves as batsmen’ (Tony Cozier, Caribbean Cricket Quarterly Jan/March 1994)