[ rat-er ]
/ ˈræt ər /


a person, animal, or thing that catches rats, as a terrier or a cat.

Origin of ratter

First recorded in 1825–35; rat + -er1
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Examples from the Web for ratter

  • Bertrand stole all he could lay his hands upon, and as for Ratter, he gave more attention to cheese than he did to the mice.

  • I am told that Ratter was by no means satisfied with the affair.

  • But then he's just as good a ratter as any black-and-tan you ever saw.

    Mark Gildersleeve|John S. Sauzade
  • He was first bred by the mill hands in the Midland counties of England where he was famous as a ratter.

    The Dogs of Boytown|Walter A. Dyer

British Dictionary definitions for ratter


/ (ˈrætə) /


a dog or cat that catches and kills rats
another word for rat (def. 3), rat (def. 4)
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