- the buttocks.
Origin of prat
First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for prat
That official was asleep but Prat insisted on having him wakened.
To justify this it was necessary that Prat should be convicted and punished.
How would he have laughed, had he been here, to hear it prat so simply!Amusing Prose Chap Books
Not only did they study the art of war, but they were catechised together by Mr. Prat, the duke's first tutor.The Children of Westminster Abbey
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The high-handed arrest of Prat had fatally complicated the situation.
- slang an incompetent or ineffectual person: often used as a term of abuse
C20: probably special use of C16 prat buttocks, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for prat
"buttock," 1560s, criminals' slang, of unknown origin. Later in U.S. criminal slang, "hip pocket" (1914), and in British slang "contemptible person" (1968).
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