Meaning of ratbag in English:


Pronunciation /ˈratbaɡ/

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informal, derogatory British
  • An unpleasant or disliked person.

    • ‘she's a snobby old ratbag’
    • ‘they blamed the ratbag photographer’
    • ‘Eventually the old ratbag was carried away screaming across the lawn by two secret service chaps.’
    • ‘In Britain the grasping cheating ratbags use the cheapest possible paper, full of acid, that goes brown and falls apart after a couple of years.’
    • ‘I used to think 90 per cent of the human race were a bunch of ratbags.’
    • ‘The Greens are not the scruffy ratbags we thought they were.’
    • ‘I was concerned, of course, that she'd be a ratbag for the rest of the day, but strangely, it didn't work out that way.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer


Late 19th century (originally Australian): from rat + bag.