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Meaning & Definition of Rat in English

English

Rat

/ræt/

noun

1. Any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse

    synonym:
  • rat

2. Someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike

    synonym:
  • scab
  • ,
  • strikebreaker
  • ,
  • blackleg
  • ,
  • rat

3. A person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

  • "Only a rotter would do that"
  • "Kill the rat"
  • "Throw the bum out"
  • "You cowardly little pukes!"
  • "The british call a contemptible person a `git'"
    synonym:
  • rotter
  • ,
  • dirty dog
  • ,
  • rat
  • ,
  • skunk
  • ,
  • stinker
  • ,
  • stinkpot
  • ,
  • bum
  • ,
  • puke
  • ,
  • crumb
  • ,
  • lowlife
  • ,
  • scum bag
  • ,
  • so-and-so
  • ,
  • git

4. One who reveals confidential information in return for money

    synonym:
  • informer
  • ,
  • betrayer
  • ,
  • rat
  • ,
  • squealer
  • ,
  • blabber

5. A pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure

    synonym:
  • rat

verb

1. Desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage

    synonym:
  • rat

2. Employ scabs or strike breakers in

    synonym:
  • rat

3. Take the place of work of someone on strike

    synonym:
  • fink
  • ,
  • scab
  • ,
  • rat
  • ,
  • blackleg

4. Give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat

    synonym:
  • rat

5. Catch rats, especially with dogs

    synonym:
  • rat

6. Give away information about somebody

  • "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
    synonym:
  • denounce
  • ,
  • tell on
  • ,
  • betray
  • ,
  • give away
  • ,
  • rat
  • ,
  • grass
  • ,
  • shit
  • ,
  • shop
  • ,
  • snitch
  • ,
  • stag

Examples of using

Tom accidentally ate some rat poison.
Is the rat alive or dead?
A rat chewed a hole in the wall.