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Meaning of RAT

Pronunciation:  rat

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
  2. [n]  one who reveals confidential information in return for money
  3. [n]  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!"
  4. [n]  someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike
  5. [v]  give away information about somebody; "He told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam"
  6. [v]  catch rats, esp. with dogs
  7. [v]  give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat
  8. [v]  take the place of work of someone on strike
  9. [v]  employ scabs or strike breakers in (an industry)
  10. [v]  desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage

RAT is a 3 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: betray, betrayer, blabber, blackleg, blackleg, bum, crumb, denounce, give away, grass, informer, lowlife, peach, puke, rotter, scab, scab, scum bag, shit, shop, skunk, snitch, so-and-so, squealer, stag, stinker, stinkpot, strikebreaker, tell on
 See Also: bandicoot rat, black rat, brown rat, canary, capture, catch, copper's nark, defect, desert, disagreeable person, do work, employ, engage, fill out, fink, gnawer, gnawing animal, hire, inform, informant, jerboa rat, mole rat, nark, Norway rat, Oryzomys palustris, pad, pocket rat, Rattus norvegicus, Rattus rattus, rice rat, rodent, roof rat, sell out, sneak, sneaker, snitch, snitcher, source, stoolie, stoolpigeon, supergrass, tip off, unpleasant person, work, worker



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rat\, n. [AS. r[ae]t; akin to D. rat, OHG. rato, ratta, G.
    ratte, ratze, OLG. ratta, LG. & Dan. rotte, Sw. r[*a]tta, F.
    rat, Ir. & Gael radan, Armor. raz, of unknown origin. Cf.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) One of the several species of small rodents of
       the genus {Mus} and allied genera, larger than mice, that
       infest houses, stores, and ships, especially the Norway,
       or brown, rat ({M. Alexandrinus}). These were introduced
       into Anerica from the Old World.
    2. A round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material,
       used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their
       natural hair. [Local, U.S.]
    3. One who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the
       trades, one who works for lower wages than those
       prescribed by a trades union. [Cant]
    Note: ``It so chanced that, not long after the accession of
          the house of Hanover, some of the brown, that is the
          German or Norway, rats, were first brought over to this
          country (in some timber as is said); and being much
          stronger than the black, or, till then, the common,
          rats, they in many places quite extirpated the latter.
          The word (both the noun and the verb to rat) was first,
          as we have seen, leveled at the converts to the
          government of George the First, but has by degrees
          obtained a wide meaning, and come to be applied to any
          sudden and mercenary change in politics.'' --Lord
    {Bamboo rat} (Zo["o]l.), any Indian rodent of the genus
    {Beaver rat}, {Coast rat}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Beaver} and
    {Blind rat} (Zo["o]l.), the mole rat.
    {Cotton rat} (Zo["o]l.), a long-haired rat ({Sigmodon
       hispidus}), native of the Southern United States and
       Mexico. It makes its nest of cotton and is often injurious
       to the crop.
    {Ground rat}. See {Ground Pig}, under {Ground}.
    {Hedgehog rat}. See under {Hedgehog}.
    {Kangaroo rat} (Zo["o]l.), the potoroo.
    {Norway rat} (Zo["o]l.), the common brown rat. See {Rat}.
    {Pouched rat}. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) See {Pocket Gopher}, under {Pocket}.
       (b) Any African rodent of the genus {Cricetomys}.
    {Rat Indians} (Ethnol.), a tribe of Indians dwelling near
       Fort Ukon, Alaska. They belong to Athabascan stock.
    {Rat mole}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Mole rat}, under {Mole}.
    {Rat pit}, an inclosed space into which rats are put to be
       killed by a dog for sport.
    {Rat snake} (Zo["o]l.), a large colubrine snake ({Ptyas
       mucosus}) very common in India and Ceylon. It enters
       dwellings, and destroys rats, chickens, etc.
    {Spiny rat} (Zo["o]l.), any South America rodent of the genus
    {To smell a rat}. See under {Smell}.
    {Wood rat} (Zo["o]l.), any American rat of the genus
       {Neotoma}, especially {N. Floridana}, common in the
       Southern United States. Its feet and belly are white.
  2. \Rat\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ratted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. In English politics, to desert one's party from interested
       motives; to forsake one's associates for one's own
       advantage; in the trades, to work for less wages, or on
       other conditions, than those established by a trades
             Coleridge . . . incurred the reproach of having
             ratted, solely by his inability to follow the
             friends of his early days.            --De Quincey.
    2. To catch or kill rats.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing rats in your dream means feelings of doubts, guilt and/or envy. You are having unworthy thoughts that you are keeping to yourself but are Seeing or eating you up inside. Alternatively, it indicates repulsion. The dream may also be a pun on someone who is a rat. Seeing a black rat, represents deceit and covert activities. Seeing a white rat in your dream indicates that in your time of distress, you will receive assistance from an unexpected source. Dreaming that a rat is biting your feet, symbolizes the rat race that you are experiencing in your waking life.