ratty

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rat·ty

 (răt′ē)
adj. rat·ti·er, rat·ti·est
1. Of or characteristic of rats.
2. Infested with rats.
3. Dilapidated; shabby.

ratty

(ˈrætɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
1. informal Brit and NZ irritable; annoyed
2. informal (of the hair) unkempt or greasy
3. slang US and Canadian shabby; dilapidated
4. slang
a. angry
b. mad
5. of, like, or full of rats
ˈrattily adv
ˈrattiness n

rat•ty

(ˈræt i)

adj. -ti•er, -ti•est.
1. full of rats.
2. of or characteristic of a rat.
3. wretched; shabby.
4. irritable; angry.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ratty - of or characteristic of rats
2.ratty - showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
3.ratty - dirty and infested with rats
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"

ratty

adjective irritable, cross, angry, annoyed, pissed (U.S. & Canad. slang), crabbed, impatient, snappy, pissed off (taboo slang), touchy, tetchy, testy, chippy (informal), short-tempered I was beginning to get a bit ratty and fed up.

ratty

adjective
Slang. Showing signs of wear and tear or neglect:
Informal: tacky.
Idioms: all the worse for wear, gone to pot, past cure.
Translations

ratty

[ˈrætɪ] ADJ (rattier (compar) (rattiest (superl)))
1. (Brit) (= bad-tempered) to be/get rattyestar/ponerse de malas
he was pretty ratty about itse picó mucho por ello
2. (US) (= shabby) → andrajoso

ratty

[ˈræti] adj
(British) (= irritable) → grincheux/euse
(US) (= shabby) → miteux/euse

ratty

adj (+er) (inf)
(Brit: = irritable) → gereizt
(US: = run-down) → verlottert (inf)

ratty

[ˈrætɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (Brit) (fam) → incavolato/a
to get ratty → incavolarsi
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