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ratty (1)

This page is about the slang term ratty (1)

American and Australian English


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?


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