Brat meaning

brăt
Frequency:
The definition of a brat is a child that is difficult to manage, or a child of a military family.

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.

noun
11
2
A child, especially a spoiled or ill-mannered one.
noun
9
0
A child, esp. an impudent, unruly child.
noun
6
0
A bratwurst.
noun
5
0
A child of a career military person.
noun
4
0
Advertisement
(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.

noun
2
0
(informal) A link of bratwurst.
noun
1
0
A child (as a pejorative term); offspring.

Get that little brat away from me!

noun
0
0
Now often specifically, a selfish or spoiled child.
noun
0
0
noun
0
0
Advertisement
(mining) A thin bed of coal mixed with pyrites or carbonate of lime.
noun
0
0

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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Shortened from bratwurst, from the German Bratwurst

    From Wiktionary