Definitions of rat

  1. To desert one's former party; among workmen, to play the rat. To smell a rat, to be suspicious.
  2. 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 union.
  3. To catch or kill rats.
  4. To catch rats.
  5. To desert one's party and join their opponents for gain or power, as rats are said to leave a falling house:- pr. p. ratting: pa. t. and pa. p. ratted.
  6. desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage
  7. catch rats, esp. with dogs
  8. give ( hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat
  9. employ scabs or strike breakers in ( an industry)
  10. To work under the established prices- a term in use among printers; to forsake one's party for the sake of gain or power.
  11. Ratting.
  12. one who reveals confidential information in return for money
  13. someone who works ( or provides workers) during a strike
  14. a pad ( usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure
  15. catch rats, especially with dogs
  16. employ scabs or strike breakers in
  17. One of 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. decumanus), the black rat ( M. rattus), and the roof rat ( M. Alexandrinus). These were introduced into America from the Old World.
  18. A round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material, used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their natural hair.
  19. One who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the trades, one who works for lower wages than those prescribed by a trades union.
  20. An animal somewhat like the mouse, but larger and more greedy.
  21. Ratter.
  22. An animal of the mouse kind, but larger and more destructive.
  23. A small gnawing animal.
  24. A rodent infesting houses, barns, ships, etc.
  25. A rodent quadruped of the genus in us; a workman who works during a strike, or who works for less than the established prices; one who deserts his party.
  26. An animal of the mouse kind, but much larger and more voracious, which infests the lower floors of houses, ships, & c.; one who deserts his party; one who works at less than the established prices.
  27. Ratted.