follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for ratty
  • More than often, this rather selfish debate seems to take an hour or more, which makes me pretty ratty by the morning.
  • My ratty old toy box was animated into a rectangular troll that had eaten all of my favorite possessions.
  • The office was in a ratty downtown building above a magic shop.
  • Its rough, ratty-looking surface was a prime breeding ground for a clot.
  • There were always a couple of these sounding sticks kicking around in the ratty sub-cushion regions of a flivver.
  • At its center is what looks to be a ratty, decaying recliner.
  • You're sure your ratty underwear is showing, and you're a charlatan and a fraud.
  • Second, my ratty torn stuff is much more comfortable than the new stuff.
  • The distributors thought it was much too ratty for the theater.
  • They're a ragged group in knit caps and ratty coats, hunched over their keyboards.
British Dictionary definitions for ratty

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ratty
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for ratty

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ratty

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ratty

8
7
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with ratty

Nearby words for ratty