ratty

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adjective rat·ty \ˈra-tē\

Definition of ratty

rattier

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rattiest

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

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

  3. 3a :  despicable, treacherousb :  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

Recent Examples of ratty from the Web

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First Known Use of ratty

1865


RATTY Defined for English Language Learners

ratty

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Definition of ratty for English Language Learners

  • : in very bad condition

  • : easily angered or annoyed


RATTY Defined for Kids

ratty

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adjective rat·ty \ˈra-tē\

Definition of ratty for Students

rattier

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rattiest

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



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