Main definitions of brat in English

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brat1

noun

humorous, derogatory
  • A child, typically one that is badly behaved:

    ‘she's been acting like a spoiled brat all evening’
    ‘presumably this is where people dump their brats so they can shop in relative peace’
    • ‘What happens when you trap four spoiled brats from a posh British boarding school in an abandoned bunker for 18 days?’
    • ‘You could have an overbearing brat on your hands and it would not be the child's fault.’
    • ‘I wondered if my sister actually enjoyed being such a cliché of a teenage brat.’
    • ‘He wasn't in the least handsome, but seemed the figure of manhood to some of the younger palace brats.’
    • ‘It was like watching two spoiled brats fight, where they got everything anyone could ask for in this world.’
    • ‘We should not forget that making our kids spoilt brats is not true love.’
    • ‘You can find all sorts of colourful books for your brats here.’
    • ‘I've helped bring up the brats children of friends etc., although obviously that's no real comparison with the real thing.’
    • ‘Several had already spawned horrid brats, who they brought with them to meet their new mommy.’
    • ‘The fact that the noisy little brats outside are driving me to distraction doesn't help!’
    • ‘And when they are shown they are either precocious brats or philosophy-spouting saints.’
    • ‘She can be a sweet little thing, but she can also be a real brat, like most kids in this building are.’
    • ‘He behaved like a spoiled brat, his power unchecked and uncontrolled.’
    • ‘Lydia wasn't about to suffer this indignity at the hands of an upstart brat of a girl.’
    • ‘He managed this because everybody wanted to wear what he designed, in much the same way as spoilt brats want certain toys for Christmas.’
    • ‘The spoilt brats born in the 1950s have lived a charmed life.’
    • ‘Our team is comprised of spoiled brats who make more in a week than most of us do in a year - more in a day than a lot of people in the world make in a lifetime.’
    • ‘They will boycott classes and become violent at the flimsiest of excuses and generally behave like spoilt brats.’
    • ‘But what is harder to condone than the folly of youth is the sight of the game's senior figures acting like petulant, paranoid brats.’
    • ‘But the all-out award for nauseating singing has to go to the demonic brats who attend England Schoolboy matches.’
    badly behaved child, spoilt child
    rascal, wretch, imp, whippersnapper
    minx, chit
    monster, horror
    hellion
    jackanapes
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Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps an abbreviation of synonymous Scots bratchet, from Old French brachet hound, bitch; or perhaps from dialect brat rough garment, rag, based on Old Irish bratt cloak.

Pronunciation

brat

/brat/

Main definitions of brat in English

: brat1brat2

brat2

noun

US
informal
  • A bratwurst sausage:

    ‘burgers, fries, ribs, brats, potato salad, pies—you name it this spread had it’

Origin

1940s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

brat

/brat/