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English noun: rat

1. rat (animal) any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse


Broader (hypernym)gnawer, rodent


Narrower (hyponym)bandicoot rat, black rat, brown rat, jerboa rat, mole rat, Norway rat, Oryzomys palustris, pocket rat, Rattus norvegicus, Rattus rattus, rice rat, roof rat

2. rat (person) someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike


Synonymsblackleg, scab, strikebreaker


Broader (hypernym)worker

3. rat (person) a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible


SamplesOnly a rotter would do that.
Kill the rat.
Throw the bum out.
You cowardly little pukes!.
The British call a contemptible person a `git'.


Synonymsbum, crumb, dirty dog, git, lowlife, puke, rotter, scum bag, skunk, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot


Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

4. rat (person) one who reveals confidential information in return for money


Synonymsbetrayer, blabber, informer, squealer


Broader (hypernym)informant, source


Narrower (hyponym)canary, copper's nark, fink, grass, nark, sneak, sneaker, snitch, snitcher, stool pigeon, stoolie, stoolpigeon, supergrass

5. rat (artifact) a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure


Broader (hypernym)pad


Part meronymcoif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle


English verb: rat

1. rat (social) desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)defect, desert

2. rat (social) employ scabs or strike breakers in


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)employ, engage, hire


Domain categoryindustry, manufacture

3. rat (social) take the place of work of someone on strike


Synonymsblackleg, fink, scab


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)do work, work

4. rat (contact) give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)fill out, pad

5. rat (contact) catch rats, especially with dogs


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)capture, catch

6. rat (communication) give away information about somebody


SamplesHe told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam.


Synonymsbetray, denounce, give away, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag, tell on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)inform


Narrower (hyponym)sell out









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