prat

noun
\ ˈprat How to pronounce prat (audio) \

Definition of prat

British
: a stupid or foolish person

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Examples of prat in a Sentence

He acts like a real prat sometimes. I need competent people for this job, and all they send me are prats.
Recent Examples on the Web At times Javed’s insistence on reciting lyrics to other people becomes irritating (his girlfriend, a white anti-Thatcher campaigner who did not feature in the book, tells him off for being a prat). J.t., The Economist, 15 Aug. 2019 Maybe at a Ferrari Club meeting with all the other prats in hats. Dan Neil, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2018 So, enter me, a twenty-something who hopes to go from prat to prim over the course of a two-hour lunch, via Meier's social and dining course. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, 15 Dec. 2017 Chris Vettel is a pricelessly clueless but endearingly cheery aristocratic prat as Hope’s fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, and Ali Lane is hysterically agitated as Hope’s frequently hoodwinked mother. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of prat

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prat

probably from argot prat buttocks

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“Prat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prat. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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prat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prat

British, informal : a stupid or foolish person

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