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A brown rat, one of the many species of rat.
See also Rat, and rät

English

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Etymology

From Old English ræt, probably from Vulgar Latin *rattus.

Noun

Singular
rat

Plural
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  1. (zoology) Any of about 56 different species of small, omnivorous rodents belonging to the genus Rattus.
  2. (informal) A term indiscriminately applied to numerous members of several rodent families (e.g. voles and mice) having bodies longer than about 12 cm, or 5 inches.
  3. (informal) A person who is known for betrayal; a scoundrel.
    What a rat, leaving us stranded here!
  4. (informal) An informant or snitch
  5. (slang) A person who routinely spends time at a particular location.
    Our teenager has become a mall rat.
    He loved hockey and was a devoted rink rat.
  6. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) A promiscuous person - often a young female - who attends sporting and other entertainment events, primarily to seek sexual liaisons with athletes, entertainers and/or others traveling with them; a groupie.
  7. Informer.
  8. Scab
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Verb

Infinitive
to rat

Third person singular
rat

Simple past
ed

Past participle
-

Present participle
t

to rat (third-person singular simple present rat, present participle t, simple past and past participle ed)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to betray someone and tell their secret to an authority or an enemy; to turn someone in.
    He ratted on his coworker.
    He is going to rat us out!
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To kill rats.
Synonyms
  • (to betray someone to an authority): tell on, to finger or "put the finger on."

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Bosnian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *ortь.

Noun

rat m (plural ratovi)

  1. war

Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *ortь.

Noun

rat m.

  1. war

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Dutch

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Homophones

Noun

rat f.

  1. rat

French

Pronunciation

Noun

rat m. (plural: rats)

  1. rat
  2. (informal) sweetheart
  3. scrooch

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Occitan

Noun

rat m.

  1. rat

Romani

Noun

rat m. (plural rat)

  1. blood

Serbian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *ortь.

Noun

rat m. (plural ratovi) (Cyrillic spelling рат)

  1. war

Torres Strait Creole

Etymology

From English rat.

Noun

rat

  1. rat or mouse

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