brat

[ brat ]
/ bræt /

noun

a child, especially an annoying, spoiled, or impolite child (usually used in contempt or irritation).

Origin of brat

1495–1505; perhaps transferred use of brat rag, Old English bratt cloak < Celtic; compare Irish brat mantle, cloak

Related forms

brat·tish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brat (1 of 2)

brat

1
/ (bræt) /

noun

a child, esp one who is ill-mannered or unruly: used contemptuously or playfully

Word Origin for brat

C16: perhaps special use of earlier brat rag, from Old English bratt cloak, of Celtic origin; related to Old Irish bratt cloth, brat ²

British Dictionary definitions for brat (2 of 2)

brat

2
/ (bræt) /

noun

Northern English dialect an apron or overall

Word Origin for brat

from Old English brat cloak; related to Old Irish bratt cloth used to cover the body
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