I. noun 1. [ mass noun] — a semi-liquid mixture of flour, egg, and milk or water, used for making pancakes or for coating food before frying. • pancake batter.
• [ count noun]
a batter thin enough to be poured.
(N. Amer.) a mixture of ingredients for a cake.
[Printing] a damaged area of metal type or a printing block.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French bateure ‘the action of beating’, from batre ‘to beat’.