- flashy, unrefined, etc.; low-class: ratchet girls wearing too much makeup.
- exhibiting or affirming low-class traits in a way that is considered authentic: Better to stay a ratchet bitch than become a bougie poser like her.
- extremely good; awesome.
Origin of ratchet2
Examples from the Web for rachet
Historical Examples of rachet
The machine consists of several pulleys, a length of wire cable, and a rachet mechanism to give leverage.
Then a lever clicked over a rachet, then another; and the auto began puffing regularly, and moved slowly out into the street.Edith and John
Franklin S. Farquhar
There is the creaking of a chain, and the loud tinkle as the check of the capstan falls into the rachet.Dracula
Fig. 21 shows the connections of one automatic burner and two pendant or rachet burners.Electric Gas Lighting
Norman H. Schneider
The chauffeur yanked the gasolene lever over the rachet, opening the throttle wider, and the car shot forward at increased speed.Batting to Win
- a device in which a toothed rack or wheel is engaged by a pawl to permit motion in one direction only
- the toothed rack or wheel forming part of such a device
- to operate using a ratchet
- (usually foll by up or down) to increase or decrease, esp irreversiblyelectricity prices will ratchet up this year; Hitchcock ratchets up the tension once again
Word Origin for ratchet
1650s, rochet, from French rochet "bobbin, spindle," from Italian rocchetto "spool, ratchet," diminutive of rocca "distaff," possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German rocko "distaff," Old Norse rokkr), from Proto-Germanic *rukka-, from PIE root *ruk- "fabric, spun yarn." Cf. rocket (n.2). Current spelling in English dates from 1721, influenced by synonymous ratch, which perhaps is borrowed from German Rätsche "ratchet."
1852, from ratchet (n.). Transferred sense attested by 1977. Related: Ratcheted; ratcheting.