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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a ratty bathrobe
▪ A red-eyed junkie in a ratty brown coat played doorman, standing outside like a homeless guy.
▪ He had a bald spot, under a straggle of brown hair, and a ratty Fu Manchu moustache.
▪ Hitchcock gets a ratty letter for messing up his contribution to the script of Strangers On A Train.
▪ Mrs Kulass put on a ratty fur coat, a shabby felt hat, and put her hands inside an old muff.
▪ No joke, he said, upset neighbours could get very ratty.
▪ Patsy was getting ratty, Betsy was getting distressed, and Jimmy was losing all respect for his mum.
▪ Philip, alone on his blanket, a ratty beach blanket of gray flannel, stood up and waved me over.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1856, "resembling a rat;" 1865, "full of rats;" 1867, "wretched, miserable, shabby," from rat (n.) + -y (2).


a. 1 Similar to a rat; ratlike. 2 Infested with rats. 3 (context colloquial English) In poor condition or repair; worn out; battered; tattered; torn. 4 (context UK colloquial English) irritable, annoyed.

  1. adj. showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains" [syn: moth-eaten, shabby, tatty]

  2. [also: rattiest, rattier]


Ratty may refer to:

  • Ratty (railway), a heritage railway in Cumbria, England
  • Ratty (water vole), a character in the novel The Wind in the Willows
  • Ratty Puppet, a groundhog hand puppet in the television show X-Play
  • Ratty, a pseudonym of some members of Scooter, best known for the single "Sunrise (Here I Am)"
  • Ratty, Mole's good friend from the story The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Ratty (railway)
Ratty (water vole)
Ratty (film)

Ratty is a 1986 Swedish animated feature film directed by Lennart Gustafsson about rats experiencing young love. The film features several song numbers and is on the border to what could be called a musical.

It was the fifth Swedish animated feature film to ever be released, not counting Per Åhlin's early films that were only partly animated.

Usage examples of "ratty".

When the ratty man appeared, the bronze giant kept always ahead or to one side.

Long since, an ambulance had taken away the body of the ratty man whose neck Doc had been forced to break.

The decor, at least here in the living room, was Early Dorm: ratty furniture, an orange crate full of CDs, a portable stereo.

The ugliest cat in the creation wandered in and began rubbing its ratty colorless fur against her hips.

Cursory inspection turns up ratty bunk, gas stove, half a black-and-white print of James Dean with head on steering wheel, several septic razor blades, and a box of cereal with both flakes and enclosed coupon devoured by red ants.

Joan, at age thirteen, had been a lot more interested in spectacular dinosaur skulls than ratty little teeth like this.

He reached out and snagged the ratty mass floating in the wake of the wave and turned it over quickly.

Indeed the wine, vile though it was, calmed Maximilianus rapidly, and soon he was laughing and shaking his head over the impudence of the ratty little man.

From a ratty film poster a life-size Bollywood star grinned smugly at the rickety iron bed, the mattress stained with subcontinents.

The patchwork of rectangles running the length of the corridor made the blanked-out feeling worse, there was no knowing what long-gone messages had once adorned the ratty cork board.

I finished off the tea, slipped into ratty tennis shoes, and plunked a tattered gardening hat on my head.

Palatazin shook his head, and Ratty looked offended, as if his greatest offering had been refused.

He sat beside the boy in the dark, foul clamminess of the tunnel while Ratty took the lantern and scuttled on ahead.

The tunnel that Ratty had said ran underneath Sunset Boulevard was large and high, and it had amazed Palatazin that the lantern picked out spray-painted graffiti on the walls.

They crossed the tunnel, walking faster, and entered the tunnel opening Ratty had indicated.