Origin of ratty
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Examples from the Web for ratty
Because, for me, the idea of the regal Diane in the ratty warehouse digs is positively tantalizing.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More
September 22, 2014
He may look kind of—of ratty, but all the same he's got rich relations.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
I'm frightfully hungry, and I've got any amount to say to Ratty here.
"You really needn't fret, Ratty," added the Badger placidly.
At last a feeble voice replied, 'Thank you so much, dear Ratty!
The Badger laughed good-humouredly and said, 'All right, Ratty!
- British and NZ informal irritable; annoyed
- informal (of the hair) unkempt or greasy
- US and Canadian slang shabby; dilapidated
- Australian slang
- of, like, or full of rats
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Word Origin and History for ratty
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