rat·​ter | \ ˈra-tər How to pronounce ratter (audio) \

Definition of ratter

: one that catches rats specifically : a rat-catching dog or cat

Examples of ratter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cats proved so apt at their duties that the Egyptians linked the ratters to their religious deities. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Traveling With Cats," 14 Aug. 2017 In New York City, a rat-hunting club for owners of terriers and other dogs bred as ratters has become famous. National Geographic, "Homeless Cats Recruited to Fight Rising Tide of Rats," 29 Sep. 2017 The transition from ratter to pampered housecat had a ways to go, though. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "A Brief History of Traveling With Cats," 14 Aug. 2017 Even in that small place, their reputations preceded them: legendary ratters, breakers of serpents, lightning fast and smart like all get out. Junot DÍaz, New York Times, "The Mongoose and the Émigré," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of ratter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ratter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratter. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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rat·​ter | \ ˈra-tər How to pronounce ratter (audio) \

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: a dog or cat that catches rats

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