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ratty (1) American and Australian English

Meaning: in poor condition; worn or damaged because of continuous use

For example:

  • Ratty old jeans are always in fashion among rock musicians.

  • Don't you think it's time we replaced that ratty wallpaper in the kitchen?

Variety: This slang is typically used in American and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Our carpet is getting ratty in the places where
  1. we usually walk
  2. we never walk
  3. we sometimes walk

Discuss: ratty (1)

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