Connolly showed that his loyalty was to Winter Hill and not the FBI by ratting out Castucci.
Dogs of priceless breeds, dogs for sporting, for ratting, and for petting; dogs for use or for ornament.
Bill was wont to boast of the ratting qualities of his dogs at home.
The hedge is just what it should be, and if it had been made for ratting it could not be better.
In the shelters at midday, the talk was all of the rats and ratting.
On a board immediately below the head, was inscribed in front—Behold the ratting lamb, with a cocks comb at his tail.
She asked a good deal about the ratting, and about Jun and Maud.
He is also prepared to break dogs and puppies to ferreting and ratting on reasonable terms.
It was "ratting;" and ratting, as Seth thought, without the excuse of a bribe.
George Woods, the best natured, soberest man on the Ridge, was smouldering with rage at the ratting.
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+)