Main definitions of brat in English

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brat1

noun

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

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brat2

noun

US
informal
  • A bratwurst sausage.

    ‘burgers, fries, ribs, brats, potato salad, pies—you name it this spread had it’
    • ‘Anyway, I've got to go guys, I've got some Johnsonville brats that I need to cook up.’
    • ‘For the brats, either throw them on the grill or fry them in a pan ahead of time.’
    • ‘I took some pictures, grilled some brats, drank some beer and went to sleep.’
    • ‘They come from far and wide (and from right across the street) to park their cars, batter their brats and chug their beer.’
    • ‘When my wife and I visit friends outside Chicago, they always take us to this riverside restaurant, The Oar House, so that I can chow on brats and quaff Old Style beer.’
    • ‘A short-order cafeteria at the base serves burgers, brats, and fries; on weekends look for the open-air barbecue at the base of Marge's Triple.’
    • ‘It's not going to be all burgers and brats.’
    • ‘So, while you and your hipster pals pass the summer sipping margaritas on the patio of your favorite watering hole, I'll spend the next four months constantly reapplying insect repellent and consuming dangerous amounts of DEET whenever I try to grill a couple of brats on the back porch.’
    • ‘The brats and cheese never tasted so good in Wisconsin as the day those MRI results came back.’
    • ‘I had originally wanted to have brats, so I made those yesterday.’
    • ‘The brat ($3) came smothered in peppers and onions that were cooked but not mushy.’
    • ‘During this three day weekend, over the course of three cookouts, I consumed no less than eight hot dogs\brats, six burgers, and one 22 oz. T-bone.’
    • ‘The food was good, with options such as a foot-long brat and some ultimate nachos that will knock your socks off.’
    • ‘This is no simple light wine, but a dry rosato with real depth and complexity and it is my top choice this summer for burgers, brats and picnic foods.’
    • ‘Dennis Martin and his pals were eating brats, but they were carefully evaluating their readiness for the upcoming season.’
    • ‘Because I used to work the brat stand at the Memorial Union terrace, and spent summers burning the hair off my arms and knuckles and smelling of pork and beer.’
    • ‘This is Wisconsin's gun deer season, a tradition as engrained in this rugged state's identity as beer, brats, and cheese.’
    • ‘Load up that fat-free brat with sauerkraut and have a side of slaw - just go easy on the mayo.’
    • ‘This is a fun flick to watch with your favorite Oktoberfest beer and a brat.’
    • ‘Parked on the shoulder of the highway, a family from Portland wheels out a propane grill and sells burgers, brats, and candy bars.’

Origin

1940s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

brat

/brat/