ratty

adjective
rat·​ty | \ ˈra-tē How to pronounce ratty (audio) \
rattier; rattiest

Definition of ratty

1a : infested with rats
b : of, relating to, or suggestive of a rat
2 : shabby, unkempt a ratty brown overcoat— John Lardner
b : irritable feeling ratty as hell— Richard Bissell

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Examples of ratty in a Sentence

Those shoes are getting pretty ratty. some ratty old magazines were the only reading material in the mountaintop cabin
Recent Examples on the Web Right now, for example, Amazon’s best-selling $60 mattress topper is on sale with a huge 33% discount that slashes it to just $39.95, which is an incredible value for something that can instantly transform any ratty old mattress into a dream. Maren Estrada, BGR, "TP-Link Kasa smart plugs just hit a new all-time low price at Amazon," 19 Apr. 2021 Right now, for example, Amazon’s best-selling $60 mattress topper is on sale with a huge 33% discount that slashes it to just $39.95, which is an incredible value for something that can instantly transform any ratty old mattress into a dream. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Super-popular Kasa smart plugs hit a new all-time low price of $6.25 at Amazon," 15 Apr. 2021 Elsewhere, a woman who must belong in an asylum, otherwise why would her hair be so ratty, is being escorted to an asylum. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, "The Nevers Series Premiere Recap: Who Are the Touched?," 11 Apr. 2021 Right now, for example, Amazon’s best-selling $60 mattress topper is on sale with a huge 33% discount that slashes it to just $39.95, which is an incredible value for something that can instantly transform any ratty old mattress into a dream. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Wildly popular TP-Link Kasa smart plugs are somehow back under $7 each at Amazon," 22 Mar. 2021 Why are some of these dudes showing up to the cocktail party in ratty shirts when Tayshia is serving evening glamour? Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "The Bachelorette recap: Naked truths," 2 Dec. 2020 Downstairs, somber janitor Mr. Shaibel (Bill Camp) plays solo matches on his ratty board. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Queen's Gambit plays familiar moves with style and star power: Review," 21 Oct. 2020 Later that day, Rahul extracted a pair of ratty slippers from a garbage pile and wore them. Suhasini Raj, New York Times, "As Covid-19 Closes Schools, the World’s Children Go to Work," 27 Sep. 2020 Do away with your ratty towel and opt instead for a thicker mat that will smooth out any sharp or uneven terrain. Marissa Miller, USA TODAY, "12 things to make working out outside easier," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ratty

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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2 May 2021

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“Ratty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratty. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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ratty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ratty

informal
US : in very bad condition
British : easily angered or annoyed

ratty

adjective
rat·​ty | \ ˈra-tē How to pronounce ratty (audio) \
rattier; rattiest

Kids Definition of ratty

: in bad condition : shabby a ratty old sweater

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