any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
scab, strikebreaker, blackleg, rat(noun)
someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
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'"
informer, betrayer, rat, squealer, blabber(noun)
one who reveals confidential information in return for money
a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure
desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage
employ scabs or strike breakers in
fink, scab, rat, blackleg(verb)
take the place of work of someone on strike
give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat
catch rats, especially with dogs
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"
(Zool.) One of several species of small rodents of the genus Rattus (formerly included in Mus) and allied genera, of the family Muridae, distinguished from mice primarily by being larger. They infest houses, stores, and ships, especially the Norway rat, also called brown rat, (Rattus norvegicus formerly Mus decumanus), the black rat (Rattus rattus formerly Mus rattus), and the roof rat (formerly Mus Alexandrinus, now included in Rattus rattus). These were introduced into America from the Old World. The white rat used most commonly in laboratories is primarily a strain derived from Rattus rattus.
To be an informer (against an associate); to inform (on an associate); to squeal; -- used commonly in the phrase to rat on.
Any of about 56 different species of small, omnivorous rodents belonging to the genus Rattus.
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.
A person who is known for betrayal; a scoundrel.
What a rat, leaving us stranded here!
An informant or snitch
A person who routinely spends time at a particular location.
North West London slang term for vagina, as in get your rat out.
A wad of shed hair used as part of a hairstyle.
to betray someone and tell their secret to an authority or an enemy; to turn someone in, bewray.
To kill rats.
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’).
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
a round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material, used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their natural hair
one who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the trades, one who works for lower wages than those prescribed by a trades union
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
to catch or kill rats
Origin: [AS. rt; akin to D. rat, OHG. rato, ratta, G. ratte, ratze, OLG. ratta, LG. & Dan. rotte, Sw. rtta, F. rat, Ir. & Gael radan, Armor. raz, of unknown origin. Cf. Raccoon.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rat, n. an animal of the genus Mus, larger and more destructive than the mouse: a renegade, turncoat: a workman who accepts lower than the authorised wages, who declines to join in a strike, or who takes a striker's work: a roll of anything used to puff out the hair which is turned over it.—v.i. (coll.) to desert one's party and join their opponents for gain or power: to take lower than current wages, to refuse to join in a strike, to take a striker's place:—pr.p. rat′ting; pa.p. and pa.t. rat′ted.—ns. Rat′-catch′er, one whose business it is to catch rats; Rat′-catch′ing; Rat′-hole (print.), a pigeon-hole; Rat′-pit, an enclosure where rats are killed; Rat′-poi′son, a preparation of arsenic; Rat's′-bane, poison for rats: arsenious acid; Rat′-tail, an excrescence growing on a horse's leg.—adj. Rat′-tailed, having a tail like a rat.—ns. Rat′ter, a terrier which catches rats; Rat′tery, apostasy; Rat′ting, deserting one's principles: working for less than the usual prices: setting a dog to kill rats in a pit; Rat′-trap, a trap for catching rats.—Rat-tailed larva, the larva of certain syrphid flies.—Smell a rat, to have a suspicion. [A.S. ræt; Ger. ratte.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'RAT' in Nouns Frequency: #1603
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The numerical value of RAT in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of RAT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
When that rat hole is Afghanistan.
That would be me. I think I'm the lab rat.
Hating people is like burning down your house to get rid of a rat.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
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- جرذ, فأرArabic
- rata, delatar, rat, acuarCatalan, Valencian
- krysa, potkanCzech
- llygoden fawrWelsh
- Ratte, Rattenmännchen, Rättin, Ratz, Rattenweibchen, RatzeGerman
- virrato, rato, ratido, ratino, ratiĉoEsperanto
- rata, chivar, delatarSpanish
- antaa ilmi, petturi, rotta, kannellaFinnish
- rat d'égout, rat, moucharder, souris, rat noir, cafter, rat gris, surmulotFrench
- rôtWestern Frisian
- francach, luchóg mhor, luch francach, francach dubhIrish
- radanScottish Gaelic
- roddan, treigManx
- շիկամուկ, առնետArmenian
- ratta, rattoInterlingua
- ratino, ratulo, rato, ratyunoIdo
- spia, fare la spia, cantare, traditore, ratto, sorcio, pentito, spifferare, topo, delatoreItalian
- ラット, ネズミ, 鼠, 熊鼠, クマネズミJapanese
- RatLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- стаор, стаорецMacedonian
- босуул, оргодолMongolian
- bruine rat, rioolrat, rat, zwarte ratDutch
- rotteNorwegian Nynorsk
- łéʼétsohNavajo, Navaho
- rat, garriOccitan
- доносить, предатель, крыса, пасюк, предательница, стучатьRussian
- roahttuNorthern Sami
- pacov, штакор, пацов, štakorSerbo-Croatian
- ලොකු මීයාSinhala, Sinhalese
- potkan, krysaSlovak
- miu i gjirizeveAlbanian
- kumāTonga (Tonga Islands)
- щур, пацюкUkrainian
- hirat, rat, jirat, ratülVolapük
- שטשור, ראַץYiddish
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