ratcatcher

[ rat-kach-er ]
/ ˈrætˌkætʃ ər /
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noun

a person, animal, or thing that catches and exterminates rats, especially a person whose business it is to rid a property of rats.
Chiefly British. an informal fox-hunting costume, as a tweed jacket and tan riding breeches.

Nearby words

  1. rataplan,
  2. ratatouille,
  3. ratbag,
  4. ratbaggery,
  5. ratbite fever,
  6. ratch,
  7. ratchet,
  8. ratchet effect,
  9. ratchet jack,
  10. ratchet wheel

Origin of ratcatcher

First recorded in 1585–95; rat + catcher

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British Dictionary definitions for rat-catcher

rat-catcher

noun

a person whose job is to destroy or drive away vermin, esp rats
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Word Origin and History for rat-catcher

rat-catcher

n.

1590s, from rat (n.) + catcher.

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