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ratty

[rat-ee] /ˈræt i/
adjective, rattier, rattiest.
1.
full of rats.
2.
of or characteristic of a rat.
3.
wretched; shabby:
a ratty, old overcoat.
4.
Slang. irritable or angry; bad-tempered; nasty:
I always feel ratty when I wake up.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; rat + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for rattier

ratty

/ˈrætɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
(Brit & NZ, informal) irritable; annoyed
2.
(informal) (of the hair) unkempt or greasy
3.
(US & Canadian, slang) shabby; dilapidated
4.
(Austral, slang)
  1. angry
  2. mad
5.
of, like, or full of rats
Derived Forms
rattily, adverb
rattiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rattier

ratty

adj.

1856, "resembling a rat;" 1865, "full of rats;" 1867, "wretched, miserable, shabby," from rat (n.) + -y (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for rattier

ratty

adjective

Shabby; slovenly; scruffy, tacky: The skinny Berkley, with her ratty hair and sharp teeth/ the rat-ass rags he's always wearing (1867+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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