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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
spoilt brat (=a spoiled and unpleasant child)
▪ Ben was a spoilt brat .
▪ Now go away, you nasty little brat.
▪ Well, Reg and Singh were very quiet when I showed them what those little brats had produced.
▪ And let some one else look after her little brats for a change.
▪ For nothing. Spoilt brats, I say.
▪ Should I tell him his kid is a spoiled brat?
▪ The school is full of rich brats.
▪ All his classmates were either married with brats or disgustingly overweight.
▪ And let some one else look after her little brats for a change.
▪ But neither of these brats would kill him!
▪ Kids can be such brats and so mean.
▪ Now go away, you nasty little brat.
▪ This is like an upper class brat.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Brat \Brat\ (br[a^]t), n. [OE. bratt coarse garnment, AS. bratt cloak, fr. the Celtic; cf. W. brat clout, rag, Gael. brat cloak, apron, rag, Ir. brat cloak; properly then, a child's bib or clout; hence, a child.]

  1. A coarse garment or cloak; also, coarse clothing, in general. [Obs.]

  2. A coarse kind of apron for keeping the clothes clean; a bib. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]

  3. A child; an offspring; -- formerly used in a good sense, but now usually in a contemptuous sense. ``This brat is none of mine.''
    --Shak. ``A beggar's brat.''

    O Israel! O household of the Lord! O Abraham's brats! O brood of blessed seed!

  4. The young of an animal. [Obs.]


Brat \Brat\, n. (Mining) A thin bed of coal mixed with pyrites or carbonate of lime.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, slang, "beggar's child," originally northern, Midlands and western England dialect word for "makeshift or ragged garment;" probably the same word as Old English bratt "cloak," which is from a Celtic source (compare Old Irish bratt "cloak, cloth"). The modern meaning is perhaps from notion of "child's apron." Hollywood Brat Pack (modeled on 1950s Rat Pack) is from 1985.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A child (as a pejorative term); offspring. 2 Now often specifically, a selfish or spoiled child. 3 a (w Turbot turbot) or flatfish 4 (context obsolete Middle English) A rough cloak or ragged garment 5 (context obsolete UK Scotland dialect English) A coarse kind of apron for keeping the clothes clean; a bib. 6 (context obsolete English) The young of an animal. Etymology 2

n. bratwurst Etymology 3

n. (context mining English) A thin bed of coal mixed with pyrites or carbonate of lime.

  1. n. a very troublesome child [syn: terror, little terror, holy terror]

  2. a small pork sausage [syn: bratwurst]


Brat or The Brat may refer to:

  • Bratwurst, a type of sausage
  • BRAT diet, for patients with various forms of gastrointestinal distress
  • Military brat
    • Military brat (U.S. subculture)
  • Spoiled child
  • Subaru BRAT, a pickup truck
  • Trenchard Brat, a nickname for aircraft apprentices in the British Royal Air Force
Brat (video game)

Brat is a 1991 action puzzle video game developed by Foursfield and published by Image Works for the Amiga and Atari ST.

Usage examples of "brat".

It was a beautiful day, the day that Brat Farrar came to Latchetts, but a restless little wind kept turning the leaves over so that in spite of the sunlight and the bright air the world was filled with a vague unease and a promise of storm.

He went on laying statements in front of Brat, and for the first time Brat was aware of the struggle and the insecurity that lay behind the assured contentment that Latchetts presented to the eye.

So Brat took possession of Latchetts and of everyone in it with the exception of Simon.

He, Brat Farrar, owned Latchetts, and Simon took it for granted that he would keep what he had taken.

He offered Brat a bed, but Brat compromised on the loan of a waterproof and a torch, and found his way back to Latchetts by the soaking field-path with the rain still pouring hopelessly down.

Culminating in a final terrible moment when all is revealed, Brat Farrar is a precarious adventure that grips the reader early and firmly and then holds on until the explosive conclusion.

Impersonation has been at the heart of many detective stories, but it has seldom carried the emotional charge of Brat Farrar, and our sympathies are never in a mere puzzle so skilfully and so surprisingly manipulated.

And Brat, walking down the street, was shocked to find himself exhilarated.

And while Bee sat and stared at the Ashby tablets in the church at Clare, Brat Farrar was standing in the back room in Pimlico in a brand-new suit and a state of panic.

Guessgate, which served three villages but no town, was a small wayside station with a fairly heavy goods business but little passenger traffic, so that when Brat climbed down from his carriage there was no one on the platform but a fat countrywoman, a sweating porter, the ticket-collector, and Eleanor.

So that it was with a mutual shrug for this display of personality that Brat and Bee greeted each other.

It was so beautifully done that Brat, knowing what he knew now, felt like applauding.

He paused a moment, looking across at Brat, before closing the door behind him.

He walked slowly across the room until he was standing face to face with Brat by the window.

He was so tightly strung, Brat thought, that if you plucked him with a finger he would twang.