Meaning of RAT in English


— ratlike , adj.

/rat/ , n., interj., v., ratted, ratting .


1. any of several long-tailed rodents of the family Muridae, of the genus Rattus and related genera, distinguished from the mouse by being larger.

2. any of various similar or related animals.

3. Slang. a scoundrel.

4. Slang.

a. a person who abandons or betrays his or her party or associates, esp. in a time of trouble.

b. an informer.

c. a scab laborer.

5. Slang. a person who frequents a specified place: mall rat; gym rat.

6. a pad with tapered ends formerly used in women's hair styles to give the appearance of greater thickness.

7. smell a rat , to suspect or surmise treachery; have suspicion: After noting several discrepancies in his client's story, the attorney began to smell a rat.


8. rats , Slang. (an exclamation of disappointment, disgust, or disbelief.)


9. Slang.

a. to desert one's party or associates, esp. in a time of trouble.

b. to turn informer; squeal: He ratted on the gang, and the police arrested them.

c. to work as a scab.

10. to hunt or catch rats.


11. to dress (the hair) with or as if with a rat.

[ bef. 1000; ME rat ( t ) e, OE raet; c. D rat, G Ratz, Ratte ]

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