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
References in classic literature ?
We got an old tin lantern, and a butcher-knife with- out any handle, and a bran-new Barlow knife worth two bits in any store, and a lot of tallow candles, and a tin candlestick, and a gourd, and a tin cup, and a ratty old bedquilt off the bed, and a reticule with needles and pins and beeswax and buttons and thread and all such truck in it, and a hatchet and some nails, and a fishline as thick as my little finger with some mon- strous hooks on it, and a roll of buckskin, and a leather dog-collar, and a horseshoe, and some vials of medicine that didn't have no label on them; and just as we was leaving I found a tolerable good curry-comb, and Jim he found a ratty old fiddle-bow, and a wooden leg.
There's boating with Ratty, a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that reckless ruffian, Mr Toad.
THE Restoring Ratty project, to reintroduce water voles in the Kielder area, has won a national award.
"We all need to get behind the Wildlife Trusts, rise up and call for a wilder future - otherwise it'll be too late to save Toad, Ratty and all the residents of the riverbank and beyond" - Stephen Fry on The Wind In The Willows.
RATTY can't burrow into riverbanks covered with sheets of metal.
The lives of Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad are disrupted by roads, river pollution and intensive agriculture, while habitats have been destroyed or broken up.
The lives of Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad are disrupted by roads, river pollution and intensive A-agriculture, while habitats have been destroyed or broken up.
IT'S set in a school for 16 to 17-year-olds and Mole, Toad and Ratty are children, or I should say young adults, at that school.
One driver who contacted theabout the conditions on his bus said drivers were becoming "ratty" after having to spend hours in stuffy cabins in hot weather.
I was thinking of using it on another old Mauser sporter I have which has a pretty ratty bore.
"I'm lovely in some interviews, I'm a little ratty in others.