Main definitions of brat in English

: brat1brat2

brat1

noun

derogatory, humorous
  • A child, typically a badly behaved one.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She can be a sweet little thing, but she can also be a real brat, like most kids in this building are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several had already spawned horrid brats, who they brought with them to meet their new mommy.’
    • ‘He wasn't in the least handsome, but seemed the figure of manhood to some of the younger palace brats.’
    • ‘What happens when you trap four spoiled brats from a posh British boarding school in an abandoned bunker for 18 days?’
    • ‘It was like watching two spoiled brats fight, where they got everything anyone could ask for in this world.’
    • ‘You can find all sorts of colourful books for your brats here.’
    • ‘He behaved like a spoiled brat, his power unchecked and uncontrolled.’
    • ‘The fact that the noisy little brats outside are driving me to distraction doesn't help!’
    • ‘But the all-out award for nauseating singing has to go to the demonic brats who attend England Schoolboy matches.’
    • ‘And when they are shown they are either precocious brats or philosophy-spouting saints.’
    • ‘I wondered if my sister actually enjoyed being such a cliché of a teenage brat.’
    • ‘You could have an overbearing brat on your hands and it would not be the child's fault.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We should not forget that making our kids spoilt brats is not true love.’
    • ‘I've helped bring up the brats children of friends etc., although obviously that's no real comparison with the real thing.’
    badly behaved child, spoilt child
    rascal, wretch, imp, whippersnapper
    minx, chit
    monster, horror
    hellion
    jackanapes
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Origin

Mid 16th century.

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’
    • ‘The food was good, with options such as a foot-long brat and some ultimate nachos that will knock your socks off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The brats and cheese never tasted so good in Wisconsin as the day those MRI results came back.’
    • ‘They come from far and wide (and from right across the street) to park their cars, batter their brats and chug their beer.’
    • ‘This is Wisconsin's gun deer season, a tradition as engrained in this rugged state's identity as beer, brats, and cheese.’
    • ‘This is a fun flick to watch with your favorite Oktoberfest beer and a brat.’
    • ‘Anyway, I've got to go guys, I've got some Johnsonville brats that I need to cook up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Parked on the shoulder of the highway, a family from Portland wheels out a propane grill and sells burgers, brats, and candy bars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Load up that fat-free brat with sauerkraut and have a side of slaw - just go easy on the mayo.’
    • ‘The brat ($3) came smothered in peppers and onions that were cooked but not mushy.’
    • ‘It's not going to be all burgers and brats.’
    • ‘I had originally wanted to have brats, so I made those yesterday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dennis Martin and his pals were eating brats, but they were carefully evaluating their readiness for the upcoming season.’

Origin

1940s: abbreviation.