prat

[prat]
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Origin of prat

First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain
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prat

noun
  1. slang an incompetent or ineffectual person: often used as a term of abuse

Word Origin for prat

C20: probably special use of C16 prat buttocks, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for prat
n.

"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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