- a child, especially an annoying, spoiled, or impolite child (usually used in contempt or irritation).
Origin of brat
Examples from the Web for brat
He ran the same kind of campaign against Brat that he ran a dozen years earlier against Jones, relying on negative ads and mail.Did Cooter From ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Beat Eric Cantor?
June 12, 2014
Brat was dramatically outraised and outspent by the House majority leader.
Brat will face Democrat Jack Trammell, a fellow professor at Randolph-Macon College, in November.
In addition to being against immigration reform, Brat takes all the expected orthodox conservative positions.
As Brat noted, “We did that in World War II with Japan and Germany.”
In those days, "brat" was the general name for little folks.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
His son, a brat of about fifteen, was accustomed to ride over to visit us.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
There was a brat for you who laughed at words she ought not to understand!L'Assommoir
And 'twas easy to see what she'd been through with Cousin Harriet and that brat.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
"I know it, dad; but I'll try to get along without it," replied the brat.
- a child, esp one who is ill-mannered or unruly: used contemptuously or playfully
- Northern English dialect an apron or overall
Word Origin and History for brat
c.1500, slang, "beggar's child," originally northern, Midlands and western England dialect word for "makeshift or ragged garment;" probably the same word as Old English bratt "cloak," which is from a Celtic source (cf. Old Irish bratt "cloak, cloth"). The modern meaning is perhaps from notion of "child's apron." Hollywood Brat Pack (modeled on 1950s Rat Pack) is from 1985.