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Edward Ardizzone, Pulling off the Padre’s Boots (1940), collection of the Imperial War Museum, UK. It is a caricature of a military chaplain lying exhausted on a chair while his batman removes his footwear for him.

Etymology 1Edit

bat(packsaddle) +‎ man. The element bat is from French bât, from Old French bast,[1] from Late Latin bastum, possibly from Ancient Greek βαστάζειν(bastázein, to bear, carry, lift).



batman ‎(plural batmen)

  1. (military) A servant or valet to an army officer.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Turkish batman, from Ottoman Turkish baṭmān, baṭman (compare Chagatai bātmān).[2]



batman ‎(plural batmans)

  1. (historical) A unit of mass used in the Ottoman Empire and among Turkic peoples of the Russian Empire, the value of which varied from place to place throughout history. In the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century it was equal to six okas (16 pounds 8 ounces avoirdupois; 7.484 kilograms), and when the Turkish system of weights and measures was metricated in 1931 the oka was fixed at 1 kilogram and the batman at 10 okas (10 kilograms).

Usage notesEdit

The batman was regarded as the counterpart of the Persian من(man) and the Anglo-Indian maund.



  1. ^ batman” in Unabridged, v1.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ James A. H. Murray [et al.], editor (1884–1928) A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (Oxford English Dictionary), London: Clarendon Press, OCLC 15566697; and The Oxford English Dictionary; being a Corrected Re-issue with an Introduction, Supplement, and Bibliography of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles (the First Supplement), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1933, OCLC 2748467..

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Its shape being likened to Batman's chest logo.



  1. a spiny orb-weaver; a common name of the spiders in the genus Gasteracantha



From Middle Turkic *batmān, from Old Turkic batman, from Proto-Turkic.



batman ‎(definite accusative batmanı)

  1. (historical) A unit of weight formerly used in the Ottoman period.
    • 1992, Pertev Nailı̂ Boratav, Zaman zaman içinde[1], page 38:
      Bin batmandan olsa kazan
      Ustager değil mi düzen
      Hayranlık esince cana
      Bengilik de gereğ olur.
      Even if the kettle weighs thousands of batmans
      Isn't the order skillful
      If the admiration blows to the soul
      The eternity also is indispensable.