rattoner

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ratoner; equivalent to ratton +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹætənə(ɹ)/, /ˈɹætnə(ɹ)/

Noun[edit]

rattoner

  1. (obsolete, historical) ratcatcher
    • 1834 [1521], Daniel Gurney, Household and Privy Purse Accounts of the Lestranges of Hunstanton, from A.D. 1519 to A.D. 1578[1], page 28:
      It̃m pd to ye seid Rattoner for leyeng of ye cham's for ratts
    • 1874, Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Volume 2[2], page 129:
      Also, for 8d. paid to a rattoner, who destroyed the rattons (rattones, rats) in the chambers of the Fellows...
    • 2014, Tiffany Simar, The Window[3], page 146:
      Some of the children would grow up to be Rattoner's [sic] / This was never a fancy job, but it paid the bills

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