This child is being a brat.
- A child who throws a tantrum every five minutes is an example of a brat.
- The daughter of an ensign in the Navy is an example of a Navy brat.
- a child, esp. an impudent, unruly child: scornful or playful term
- Slang the son or daughter of a person in a professional community, a particular company, the armed forces, etc., esp. one who has been raised in such a community, company, etc.: a Hollywood brat
Origin of bratME, cloak of coarse cloth from Old English bratt from Gael, mantle, cloth, rag: present sense uncertain or unknown; perhaps from child's bib or apron
- A child, especially a spoiled or ill-mannered one.
- A child of a career military person.
Origin of bratPossibly from brat coarse garment from Middle English from Old English bratt of Celtic origin
Origin uncertain. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the term "brat" derives from an Old English (Old English) slang term meaning "beggar's child". Originally a dialectal word, from northern and western England and the Midlands, for a "makeshift or ragged garment"; probably the same word as Old English bratt (“cloak”), which is from a Celtic source (compare Old Irish bratt (“cloak, cloth”)).