rat

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USAGE NOTE
This word must be preceded by the indefinite article in the sense shown in 4).
rat(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (animal)
a. la rata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
A huge rat came out of the sewer.Una rata enorme salió de la alcantarilla.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(scoundrel)
a. el canalla
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
, la canalla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
You rat, what are you doing taking candy from a child?Eres un canalla, ¿cómo le puedes quitar las golosinas a un niño?
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(informer)
a. el soplón
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
, la soplona
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
That's the rat who put me in jail!¡Ese es el soplón que me mandó a la cárcel!
b. el chivato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
, la chivata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The movie revolves around a police rat infiltrating the mafia.La película trata de un chivato que llega ser miembro de la mafia.
4. (something suspicious)
a. algo sospechoso
Didn't I tell you I could smell a rat?¿No te dije yo que me olía algo sospechoso?
5. (defector)
a. el desertor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
, la desertora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
His former fellow party members saw him as a rat.Sus antiguos compañeros de partido lo consideraban un desertor.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to inform on)
a. delatar
Should we rat her out to the police?¿Deberíamos delatarla a la policia?
b. chivarse de
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
My friend ratted on me for cheating on the test.Mi amigo se chivó de mí por copiar en el examen.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to defect)
a. desertar
The senator ratted to the other party.El senador desertó al partido opuesto.
8. (to kill rats)
a. cazar ratas
My cat's favorite pastime is ratting.El pasatiempo preferido de mi gato es matar ratas.
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rat
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (animal)
a. la rata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
rat poisonmatarratas inv, raticida m
rat trapratonera f, trampa para ratas
2. (colloquial)
a. el miserable mf, canalla
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
la miserable mf, canalla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
(scoundrel)
3. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el soplón(ona)
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
la soplón(ona)
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
(informer)
b. el chivato(a)
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
la chivato(a)
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
4. (idioms)
a.
I smell a rataquí hay gato encerrado
to get out of the rat racehuir de la lucha frenética por escalar peldaños en la sociedad
5. (very fam)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
I don't give a rat's assme importa un huevo me la suda
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (colloquial)
a. cantar (inform)
to rat on somebodydelatar a alguien
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rat [ræt]
noun
1 (Zool) rata (f)
I smell a rat aquí hay gato encerrado; aquí se está tramando algo
he could smell a rat se olió algo sospechoso; le olió a gato encerrado
2 (person)
you dirty rat! ¡canalla! (informal)
3 (as exclamation)
rats! (Britain) ¡narices! (informal)
intransitive verb
1
to rat on sb (inform on) chivarse de algn; (desert) abandonar a algn; to rat on a deal rajarse de un negocio
2 (catch rats) cazar ratas; matar ratas
to go ratting
modifier
rat pack (n) (journalists) paparazzi (m)
Diana's wishes are of no concern to the rat pack. They follow her to the school, they trail her every movement ...after the royal family's brushes with zoom lenses, microphones and rat packs over the years
rat poison (n) matarratas (m)
the rat race (n) la lucha por la supervivencia; la competencia
it's a rat race es un mundo muy competitivo
rat run (n) (Britain) (Aut) calle residencial usada por los conductores para evitar atascos
People were using the area as a rat run Beware of the rat run # through Sutherland Street
rat trap (n) trampa (f) para ratas; ratonera (f)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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