rug rat

noun

slang
: a child not yet old enough for school

Examples of rug rat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Third row seats are best left for rug rats, or folded. cleveland, 22 Feb. 2020 Your standard maternal protagonist is not dropping a trail of pacifiers behind her, swilling goblets of red wine the minute her rug rats are in bed, and secretly vaping in the linen closet? Chloe Schama, Vogue, 14 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rug rat was circa 1970

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“Rug rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rug%20rat. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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