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.

Origin of ratcatcher

First recorded in 1585–95; rat + catcher
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Examples from the Web for ratcatcher

Historical Examples of ratcatcher

  • I was certain no one but a ratcatcher could talk in such a manner.

  • The annoyance continued, and a ratcatcher guessed the cause of the mischief.

  • A friend of mine used to call it, not inaptly, ‘the ratcatcher style’.

    Archaic England

    Harold Bayley

  • "I thought it was Ratcatcher," he said, looking at Arnold, with a smile.

    Man and Wife

    Wilkie Collins

  • There they found the ratcatcher playing his bagpipes at the same spot as the evening before.