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ratty

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adjective rat·ty \ˈra-tē\

Simple Definition of ratty

  • : in very bad condition

  • : easily angered or annoyed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ratty

rattier

rattiest

  1. 1 a :  infested with rats b :  of, relating to, or suggestive of a rat

  2. 2 :  shabby, unkempt <a ratty brown overcoat — John Lardner>

  3. 3 a :  despicable, treacherous b :  irritable <feeling ratty as hell — Richard Bissell>

Examples of ratty in a sentence

  1. Those shoes are getting pretty ratty.

  2. <some ratty old magazines were the only reading material in the mountaintop cabin>



1865

First Known Use of ratty

1865

Rhymes with ratty


RATTY Defined for Kids

ratty

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adjective rat·ty \ˈra-tē\

Definition of ratty for Students

rattier

rattiest

  1. :  in bad condition :  shabby <a ratty old sweater>





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