: a stupid or foolish person

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 As Ray Winstone might say, what a prat. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Through it all, however, the gal has retained a sort of grand hauteur, even while prat-falling into a bush. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 24 Mar. 2022 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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Word History


probably from argot prat buttocks

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prat was in 1955

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“Prat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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