This page is about the slang term Rats!

American English


an exclamation that expresses mild annoyance

For example

  • When Denise realised she'd left her purse at home, she said, "Rats! I'll have to go back and get it."

  • Jamie doesn't say much when he's playing golf, but whenever he misses a putt he says "Rats!"


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

Mattie said "Rats!" when he

a. spilt his coffee

b. found his keys

c. broke his arm
a) spilt his coffee b) found his keys c) broke his arm

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Contributor: Matt Errey