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 Hollywood brat.
Origin of brat
- Possibly from brat coarse garment from Middle English from Old English bratt of Celtic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”)).