ratty

[ rat-ee ]
/ ˈræt i /

adjective, rat·ti·er, rat·ti·est.

full of rats.
of or characteristic of a rat.
wretched; shabby: a ratty, old overcoat.
Slang. irritable or angry; bad-tempered; nasty: I always feel ratty when I wake up.

Nearby words

  1. rattlingly,
  2. rattly,
  3. ratton,
  4. rattoon,
  5. rattrap,
  6. ratushinskaya,
  7. rau,
  8. raucity,
  9. raucous,
  10. raucously

Origin of ratty

First recorded in 1860–65; rat + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for ratty

ratty

/ (ˈrætɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

British and NZ informal irritable; annoyed
informal (of the hair) unkempt or greasy
US and Canadian slang shabby; dilapidated
Australian slang
  1. angry
  2. mad
of, like, or full of rats
Derived Formsrattily, adverbrattiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for ratty

ratty

adj.

1856, "resembling a rat;" 1865, "full of rats;" 1867, "wretched, miserable, shabby," from rat (n.) + -y (2).

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