American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that catches or kills rats: Many terriers are good ratters.
- n. Slang One who betrays or deserts another.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who catches rats; a rat-catcher.
- n. An animal which catches rats, as a terrier.
- n. One who rats, or becomes a renegade; also, a workman who renders himself obnoxious to a trades-union. See ratting, 2.
- n. Anything which catches rats, especially a dog trained to catch them; a rat terrier.
- n. One who rats; a traitor; a deserter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, rats, as one who deserts his party.
- n. Anything which catches rats; esp., a dog trained to catch rats; a rat terrier. See Terrier.
- n. any of several breeds of terrier developed to catch rats
- n. a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
- rat + -er (Wiktionary)
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“On another tour, Cecil and Constance stayed at a boardinghouse run by a woman who kept a python as a ratter.”
“For the present, the German ratter has trounced its Irish doppelganger.”
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