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 Sweatpants and flip-flops and a ratty Alabama T-shirt that had belonged to Tommy Taggert. Tony Earley, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Grows to 6 to 18 inches but will often look pretty ratty in late summer because of insects and disease. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 7 June 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, 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, 19 Apr. 2021 Throw off those tired old sweatpants and ratty T-shirts. Ian Kerner, CNN, 17 May 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, 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, 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, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ratty

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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25 Jul 2021

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“Ratty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratty. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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