• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ratty dirty and infested with rats
    • adj ratty showing signs of wear and tear "a ratty old overcoat","shabby furniture","an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains"
    • adj ratty of or characteristic of rats
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ratty Looking like a rat; smelling like a rat; hence, dirty.
    • ratty Miserable; wretched; poor.
    • ratty Full of rats: as, a ratty cellar.
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In literature:

It gets more ratty, not to say woozzy, every day.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Sir Moses recounted to him Count Ratti-Menton's conduct in the affair of Damascus, with the full particulars.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
Mine are all ratty and I feel bare-footed without them.
"Letters of a Dakota Divorcee" by Jane Burr
I'm frightfully hungry, and I've got any amount to say to Ratty here.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
I'm goin' ratty with worry.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
There sat Joseph Calvin, the elder, a ratty little man still, with a thin stringy neck and with a bald head.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Ye needn't get ratty.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
He was evidently expecting Ratty M'Gill to return; but for some reason Ratty was delayed.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
That's wot makes Ginger so ratty.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
There, don't get ratty over it!
"The Head Girl at the Gables" by Angela Brazil
Quite ratty once or twice, wasn't he, Beverley?
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Do you remember when I used to call Jack Danby 'Tin Ribs the Second,' and you used to get so ratty?
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
She'll probably be awfully ratty with Geraldine, though.
"Just Gerry" by Christine Chaundler
So the defender of Ratti assures us.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
At which allusion to his ratty old blue army overcoat Simon's upper lip lifted.
"The Rider of Golden Bar" by William Patterson White
The memoirs of local writers and artists were treated by Soprani and Ratti.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 5" by Various
Ratti, that it is sometimes apt to appear somewhat flat.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. IV (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Of course I know that you're ratty at my talking about it at all, although you pretend not to be.
"The Hall and the Grange" by Archibald Marshall
One would think that the wolves were gentlemen and fine heroes, and we of the Guardia Civil only ratty red-eyed ferrets!
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey
Ratti, Genoa, 1768, 4to.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Volume VI (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi

In poetry:

Giuste membra; vestir semplice eletto;
Ratti i passi, i pensier, gli atti, gli accenti;
Sobrio, umano, leal, prodigo, schietto;
Avverso al mondo, avversi a me gli eventi:
"Solcata Ho Fronte" by Ugo Foscolo

In news:

He preferred ratty denim shirts and hole-ridden khakis to the cuff links and starched collars more typical of Cantor Fitzgerald equities traders.
Through the doors come Hillyer 's patrons, friends and supporters of the local poetry scene and a palpably nervous few grasping dog-eared books or ratty sheets of notebook paper -- the poets.
Looking beyond function to form I am going to turn this ratty old lampshade into an adorable mobile for a kid's room.
Ratty sofas doomed in Edison.
Then why are you considering wearing a ratty, threadbare tankini to your weekend beach soiree.
OAKLAND, Calif — The image is still so clear for Tim Jahnigen: a documentary of Darfur refugees playing a makeshift soccer game with their ratty ball of trash and twine.
If you've ever wondered exactly what the scruffy-looking "kids" with ratty-looking cars are doing tearing up parking lots and tracks across the country, take a look at the documentary Keep Drifting Fun about the American drift culture.
Horror master Wes Craven first broke away from the pack with this nifty 1984 slasher about a quartet of high school kids menaced in their dreams by a barbecued bogeyman in a slouch hat and ratty pullover (Robert Englund).
This past December 3, in the early evening, a man in an unkempt, dirt-stained Santa Claus suit with a ratty fake white beard twirled a placard that read: KB's Christmas trees 34 years.
Good night for Rattie at Subway.
Steven Ratti said Friday the review will focus on what caused the sinking of the HMS Bounty off Cape Hatteras.
Perhaps because of the lingering recession, hot rods built from ratty looking rusty parts are all the rage.
Dear That Guy, You know that ratty old black and white chair by the window near the TV.
After last season's playoff debacle, you retired your ratty Miami Heat T-shirt, and you can't even remember what you did with your Dolphins jersey after Ricky left for the last time.
Helen Gillet and Ratty Scurvics star in Sweeney Todd .

In science:

Piper B., Ratti C., Ishii H. “Illuminating Clay: a 3D Tangible Interface for Landscape Analysis”. In Proc. of the ACM conf.
Working Document on Gloss Ontology
Charm production dynamics (Sergio Ratti): A rather high pt scale is observed in hadron-hadron collisions, especially in comparison with photoproduction.
Geometry of Multihadron Production
Ratti, Proceedings of the Rencontres de la Vallee d’Aoste, La Thuile, 1996.
Theoretical Review of B-physics