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

First Known Use of ratty

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of ratty was in 1865

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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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