ratty

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From rat +‎ -y.

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ratty (comparative rattier, superlative rattiest)

  1. Similar to a rat; ratlike.
  2. Infested with rats.
  3. (colloquial) In poor condition or repair; worn out; battered; tattered; torn.
    • 2000, George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords, Bantam 2011, p. 535:
      The Marcher lord was still clad in his ratty black cloak and dented breastplate with its chipped enamel lightning.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 80:
      I was having exactly that thought on a ratty mock-leather couch in Islington.
  4. (Britain, colloquial) Irritable, annoyed.
    • 2009, Ian McDonald, River of Gods
      He got bad, he got ratty, he would take it out on people around him. He was mean when it turned against him.
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