One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Characteristic of a student fraternity or its members (often with reference to rowdy behaviour)‘three fratty college boys’‘fratty bars’
- ‘He continually comes to blows with his fratty neighbors.’
- ‘I waited for the metro next to two fratty staffers who were in the process of hitting on a twenty year old intern.’
- ‘I figured he was pretty fratty so I was never likely to make it anywhere with him.’
- ‘He decides to go on a month-long trip to Europe with a couple of similarly fratty friends.’
- ‘Regardless of the mayhem of drunk fratty kids, we ordered nachos.’
- ‘The ski house turned out to be occupied by a bunch of fratty guys on a mountain biking trip.’
- ‘I was elbowed by a fratty bro trying to cut in front of me.’
- ‘A group of big and fratty boys approaches from the other end of the alley.’
- ‘He's super fratty and is a party boy.’
- ‘We were throwing around the pig skin, when these fratty dudes walk up with a copious amount of beer.’
Late 19th century: from frat + -y.
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