water rat


Definition of water rat

1 : a rodent that frequents water
2 : a waterfront loafer or petty thief

Examples of water rat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Aboriginal dreamtime story about the platypus (one indigenous name for the animal is Dharragarra) explains its origin as the product of a courtship between a water rat and a duck. Helen Sullivan, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of water rat

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Water rat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20rat. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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