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
- ‘My dad is practically in love with him, the stupid prat.’
- ‘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 do not want to think of metropolitan prats in a marketing department.’
- ‘Did I really want to go public on making a complete prat of myself?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I hope that's right, otherwise I've made a complete prat of myself!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The firemen who put out this mess have far better things to do that to chase around after mindless little prats like you.’
- ‘I felt like a prat for failing the tests and generally feel stupid at underestimating the whole thing - and what was it?’
- ‘The biggest problem is that when you drive this car fast you feel like a complete prat.’
- ‘How was she going to live with that annoying prat as her bodyguard?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Anyone who drives along the single carriageway section of the A64 will have noticed a leap in the number of prats at the wheel.’
- ‘Great, now I will be stuck with that annoying prat.’
- ‘I admit, I always used to think he was a bit of a prat.’
- ‘Finding him an annoying prat is no excuse for me to be in denial.’
- ‘He'd been a stupid prat to even believe he could take her on all those years ago.’
- ‘Apparently this kind of thing is very common these days (there are obviously a lot of prats like me).’
- ‘What a bunch of pompous, over-paid prats they have made themselves look.’
- ‘‘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.’
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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