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 My kids went over to get the ball and our middle-age neighbor stood there in his ratty bathrobe and sprayed my children with his hose! Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Gay servicemember worries about family bond," 10 May 2020 Their only hope is a good showing for his final Academy project: Mentorship in the ratty, low-budget circus of death known as the Hunger Games. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes review: Hunger Games prequel's darkly funny, way too long," 19 May 2020 The music inside that cover is actually kickass - grimy, ratty and raw, the way most humans prefer Aerosmith. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "10 great ‘bad’ albums by legendary rock bands," 8 May 2020 In this new book, Rudy retells the classic Cinderella tale, putting a young mouse under the thumbs of a ratty stepfamily. oregonlive, "5 books to keep children’s brains engaged during Oregon’s stay-home order," 4 Apr. 2020 Even though technical fabrics supplanted denim, so vital were jeans to the history of snowboarding that in 2010, snowboard brand Burton dressed the Olympic team in waterproof Gore-Tex ski pants screen printed to look like ratty, faded denim. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Stop Skiing in Jeans. It’s Not the 1970s Anymore.," 5 Feb. 2020 Miami has had a ratty record, but the Dolphins are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games after starting off the season 0-4. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins odds, picks and best bets," 20 Dec. 2019 Her bare feet protruded from the bottom of her small, ratty blanket. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Exhausted SF homeless stretch out in Tenderloin church, a space for ‘sacred sleep’," 10 Dec. 2019 No dirty jeans or ratty sweatshirts hang off these bikes. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Peloton offers a good holiday shopping exercise for thinking before buying," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ratty

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Ratty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratty. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ratty

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


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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