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 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

a. we usually walk

b. we never walk

c. we sometimes walk

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Contributor: Matt Errey