One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British An incompetent, stupid, or foolish person; an idiot.
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘I felt like a prat for failing the tests and generally feel stupid at underestimating the whole thing - and what was it?’
- ‘Apparently this kind of thing is very common these days (there are obviously a lot of prats like me).’
- ‘Did I really want to go public on making a complete prat of myself?’
- ‘What a bunch of pompous, over-paid prats they have made themselves look.’
- ‘I thought it was a thing only prats used as an excuse for not writing: and then it hit me; I physically could not put pen to paper.’
- ‘One of the quotes attributed to me makes me sound a bit of a prat (when I catch myself saying that the blog has lately been ‘more to do with a desire to express myself’), but I can't really complain as I did actually say that.’
- ‘Unfortunately, the prats who drew up the accompanying map forgot to include three of Scotland's biggest, busiest and most lucrative harbours, namely Grangemouth, Leith and Rosyth.’
- ‘Great, now I will be stuck with that annoying prat.’
- ‘My dad is practically in love with him, the stupid prat.’
- ‘The firemen who put out this mess have far better things to do that to chase around after mindless little prats like you.’
- ‘Anyone who drives along the single carriageway section of the A64 will have noticed a leap in the number of prats at the wheel.’
- ‘Finding him an annoying prat is no excuse for me to be in denial.’
- ‘I hope that's right, otherwise I've made a complete prat of myself!’
- ‘The biggest problem is that when you drive this car fast you feel like a complete prat.’
- ‘‘We are both going to feel a right pair of prats but we don't mind because it's for a good cause,’ she said.’
- ‘He'd been a stupid prat to even believe he could take her on all those years ago.’
- ‘Because it's not a big deal whether I get a decent job or whether I spend my life in the servitude of dimwitted prats, getting people coffee and answering phones.’
- ‘I admit, I always used to think he was a bit of a prat.’
- ‘I do not want to think of metropolitan prats in a marketing department.’
- ‘How was she going to live with that annoying prat as her bodyguard?’
2A person's buttocks.buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeksView synonyms
Mid 16th century (in prat (sense 2)): of unknown origin. prat (sense 1) dates from the 1960s.
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