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rat

rat

 
 
pronunciation:
raet
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small mammal with a pointed face and a very long tail. Rats are rodents that look like mice, but are larger.
 
definition 2: (slang) a mean person, especially one who betrays someone else; tattletale.
She called him a rat for telling her secret.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: rats, ratted, ratting
definition: (slang) to report the bad behavior of friends; tattle.
My brother ratted to Mom that I broke the lamp.
similar words:
tattle
derivation: ratlike (adj.)
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