Definitions for RATræt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ratræt(n.; interj.; v.)rat•ted, rat•ting.

  1. (n.)any of several long-tailed rodents of the Old World family Muridae, esp. of the genus Rattus, resembling but larger than mice.

    Category: Mammals

  2. any of various similar rodents of other families.

    Category: Mammals

  3. Slang. a scoundrel.

    Category: Status (usage)

  4. Slang. a person who abandons or betrays associates. an informer. a scab laborer.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. a roll of padding used to give shape or fullness to a woman's hairstyle.

    Category: Clothing

  6. Slang.a person who frequents a specified place:

    mall rat; gym rat.

    Category: Status (usage)

  7. (interj.)rats, (used as an exclamation of disgust or disappointment.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

  8. (v.i.)Slang. to inform on one's associates; squeal. to work as a scab.

    Category: Status (usage)

  9. to hunt or catch rats.

  10. (v.t.)to dress (hair) with a rat or by teasing.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of rat:

bef. 1000; ME rat(t)e, OE ræt

rat′like`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rat(noun)

    any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse

  2. scab, strikebreaker, blackleg, rat(noun)

    someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike

  3. rotter, dirty dog, rat, skunk, stinker, stinkpot, bum, puke, crumb, lowlife, scum bag, so-and-so, git(noun)

    a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

    "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"

  4. informer, betrayer, rat, squealer, blabber(noun)

    one who reveals confidential information in return for money

  5. rat(verb)

    a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure

  6. rat(verb)

    desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage

  7. rat(verb)

    employ scabs or strike breakers in

  8. fink, scab, rat, blackleg(verb)

    take the place of work of someone on strike

  9. rat(verb)

    give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat

  10. rat(verb)

    catch rats, especially with dogs

  11. denounce, tell on, betray, give away, rat, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag(verb)

    give away information about somebody

    "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rat(noun)æt

    a long-tailed rodent

    rat poison

  2. ratæt

    a dishonest or disloyal person

    ***You lying rat!

Wiktionary

  1. rat(Noun)

    Any of about 56 different species of small, omnivorous rodents belonging to the genus Rattus.

  2. rat(Noun)

    A term indiscriminately applied to numerous members of several rodent families (e.g. voles and mice) having bodies longer than about 12 cm, or 5 inches.

  3. rat(Noun)

    A person who is known for betrayal; a scoundrel.

    What a rat, leaving us stranded here!

  4. rat(Noun)

    An informant or snitch

  5. rat(Noun)

    A person who routinely spends time at a particular location.

  6. rat(Noun)

    Scab

  7. rat(Noun)

    North West London slang term for vagina, as in get your rat out.

  8. rat(Noun)

    A wad of shed hair used as part of a hairstyle.

  9. rat(Verb)

    to betray someone and tell their secret to an authority or an enemy; to turn someone in, bewray.

  10. rat(Verb)

    To kill rats.

  11. Origin: From rat, rotte, from ræt, from rattaz (cf. West Frisian rôt, Dutch rat, German dialect Ratz), from Hreh₃d- (cf. Welsh rhathu ‘to grate, rasp’, rodo, rostrum ‘beak, prow’, Middle Persian ‘to scrape, smooth’, Sanskrit ‘he gnaws, cuts’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rat(noun)

    one of several species of small rodents of the genus Mus and allied genera, larger than mice, that infest houses, stores, and ships, especially the Norway, or brown, rat (M. decumanus), the black rat (M. rattus), and the roof rat (M. Alexandrinus). These were introduced into America from the Old World

  2. Rat(noun)

    a round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material, used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their natural hair

  3. Rat(noun)

    one who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the trades, one who works for lower wages than those prescribed by a trades union

  4. Rat(verb)

    in English politics, to desert one's party from interested motives; to forsake one's associates for one's own advantage; in the trades, to work for less wages, or on other conditions, than those established by a trades union

  5. Rat(verb)

    to catch or kill rats

Freebase

  1. Rat

    Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus. Many members of other rodent genera and families are also referred to as rats, and share many characteristics with true rats. Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size; rats are generally large muroid rodents, while mice are generally small muroid rodents. The muroid family is very large and complex, and the common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific. Generally, when someone discovers a large muroid, its common name includes the term rat, while if it is small, the name includes the term mouse. Scientifically, the terms are not confined to members of the Rattus and Mus genera, for example, the pack rat and cotton mouse.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RAT' in Nouns Frequency: #1603


Translations for RAT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

rat(noun)

a small animal with a long tail, like a mouse but larger

The rats have eaten holes in those bags of flour.

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