noun (1)
\ ˈbrat How to pronounce brat (audio) \

Definition of brat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a disparaging : child specifically : an ill-mannered annoying child a spoiled brat
b : an ill-mannered immature person
2 : the child of a career military person army brats also : the child of a person whose career is in a specified and typically unusual field Hollywood brats


noun (2)
\ ˈbrät How to pronounce brat (audio) , ˈbrat \

Definition of brat (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from brat

Noun (1)

brattiness \ ˈbra-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce brat (audio) \ noun
brattish \ ˈbra-​tish How to pronounce brat (audio) \ adjective
bratty \ ˈbra-​tē How to pronounce brat (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of brat

Noun (1)

circa 1505, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brat

Noun (1)

perhaps from English dialect brat coarse garment

Noun (2)

by shortening

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“Brat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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\ ˈbrat How to pronounce brat (audio) \

Kids Definition of brat

: a naughty annoying child

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