People really liked this guy—even my wife, who can generally smell a rat from a mile away.
And Timberlake, by his own admission, seems to be channeling a certain rat Packer when it comes to his new look.
Pills purporting to be Viagra filled with printer ink and rat poison.
rat, the plucky heroine of Fernanda Eberstadt's new novel, is no different.
One rat had once fallen on his head, he said, during a rat raid of a local home.
The rat danced up and down in the road, simply transported with passion.
Then she desired Cinderella to go to the trap, and bring her a rat.
So the front cutting teeth of mouse or rat or squirrel are about as long as his legs, and start back almost to his neck.
No one but a rat would ever have thought of using sugar for paper-weights.
Marco found himself silently watching The rat with amazement at his determination and endurance.
late Old English ræt "rat," of uncertain origin. Similar words are found in Celtic (Gaelic radan), Romanic (Italian ratto, Spanish rata, French rat) and Germanic (Old Saxon ratta; Dutch rat; German Ratte, dialectal Ratz; Swedish råtta, Danish rotte) languages, but connection is uncertain and origin unknown. In all this it is very much like cat.
Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *rattus, but Weekley thinks this is of Germanic origin, "the animal having come from the East with the race-migrations" and the word passing thence to the Romanic languages. American Heritage and Tucker connect Old English ræt to Latin rodere and thus PIE *red- "to scrape, scratch, gnaw," source of rodent (q.v.). Klein says there is no such connection and suggests a possible cognate in Greek rhine "file, rasp." Weekley connects them with a question mark and Barnhart writes, "the relationship to each other of the Germanic, Romance, and Celtic words for rat is uncertain." OED says "probable" the rat word spread from Germanic to Romanic, but takes no position on ultimate origin.
RATS. Of these there are the following kinds: a black rat and a grey rat, a py-rat and a cu-rat. ["Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," Grose, 1788]Middle English common form was ratton, from augmented Old French form raton. Sense of "one who abandons his associates" (1620s) is from belief that rats leave a ship about to sink or a house about to fall and led to meaning "traitor, informant" (1902; verb 1910). Interjection rats is American English, 1886. To smell a rat is 1540s; "to be put on the watch by suspicion as the cat by the scent of a rat; to suspect danger" [Johnson]. _____-rat, "person who frequents _____" (in earliest reference dock-rat) is from 1864.
1812, "to desert one's party; 1864 as "to catch rats;" 1921 as "to peach on, inform on, behave dishonestly toward;" from rat (n.). Related: Ratted; ratting.
Any of various long-tailed rodents of the genus Rattus and related genera, including certain strains used in scientific research and certain species that are vectors for various diseases.
A frequenter and devotee of the place indicated: arcade rat/ rink rat (1970s+)