Definition of ratton in English:

ratton

noun

Northern English, Scottish
  • A rat.

    ‘a ratton came and sat down’
    • ‘He had a tie hanging down behind, for all the world like a ratton's tail.’
    • ‘"It was a ratton drowned in the pit," said the older man.’
    • ‘He heard the restless rattons squeak.’
    • ‘The four of us can keep our eyes open, and watch them as a dog watches a ratton.’
    • ‘"What's bit this thieving creature? Was it a ratton, maybe?" asked Babb nervously.’

Origin

Middle English: via Anglo-Norman from Old French raton ‘small rat’. Compare with French raton ‘young rat’, Spanish ratón ‘mouse’.

Pronunciation

ratton

/ˈrat(ə)n/