Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. pertaining to rats
  • adj. exhibiting qualities that are commonly associated with rats.
  • adj. slightly short-tempered
  • adj. slightly run-down or dilapidated

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characteristic of rats; having a rat-like character; like a rat.
  • Having the qualities of apolitical rat.

Etymologies

rat +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)
ratty +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We are a bit pack rattish about saving stuff, particularly pieces of wood.

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  • Pixar is about to hedge all their bets on an upcoming rattish film by the name of Ratatouille.

    Going Backwards

  • It was a face worth concealing, skimpy and rattish and brooding and mean.

    Devil's Waltz

  • Hungry, perhaps, or perhaps merely yielding to the paranoid fury that was a normal component of the rattish mind, it squealed its defiance to the rat that was not a rat.

    Anything You Can Do ...

  • Barry covertly watched Natalie while Leyden's rattish characteristics were under discussion.

    Gold Out of Celebes

  • We know all his evil cunning, and most of us have seen the rattish, yellow streak that runs clear through him.

    Gold Out of Celebes

  • The reappearance of this rattish youth, casual as was the air with which he strove to invest it, began to assume, for me, the character of a theatrical entrance of unpleasant portent -- a suggestion just now enhanced by an absurdly obvious notion of his own that he was enacting a part.

    The Guest of Quesnay

  • I had not meant to deliver my information quite so abruptly, but there was no help for it now, and I repeated the statement, giving him a terse account of my two encounters with the rattish youth, and adding:

    The Guest of Quesnay

  • It crept out of the corners of rattish eyes, reading as it ran the sinister circle, and hurried back to its intense, malevolent business of transfixing the quarry in the corner.

    The Rose in the Ring

  • To me, speaking with due deference to the opinion of others, the proposals appear to be the most insane, foolish, and impracticable that could have been devised by rattish brains.

    Dick Cheveley His Adventures and Misadventures

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