From rat + -y.
ratty (comparative rattier, superlative rattiest)
- Similar to a rat; ratlike.
- Infested with rats.
- (colloquial) In poor condition or repair
- Synonyms: 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.
- (Britain, colloquial) Irritable, annoyed, bad-tempered.
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.
similar to a rat; ratlike