noun. crested rat (plural crested rats) (slang) person who lives and displays attitudes of inner-city life.
(Ræts) US. interjection. Slang. used to indicate disgust, contempt, disappointment, etc.
hood rat in British English
noun. US slang, pejorative. a young promiscuous woman from an impoverished urban area. origin of the word. C20: from ‘hood; influenced by Mall Rat.
In many parts of the world the word rat is used as a mild swear word or expletive. There are several possible reasons for this. “Drat” was first used in the early 19th century. It was an abbreviation of ‘od rat’ which was a euphemism meaning god rot.
In 1859, John Camden Hotten’s Slang Dictionary defined a rat as “a sneak, an informer, a defector,” and by the 1950s, this meaning of rat was firmly entrenched in pop culture. In a 1958 LIFE magazine story, a gang member named Gus turns to a gang member named Rat and says, “Because you’re a rat is everything.”
Snitch is slang and is defined as stealing or gossiping. An example of a snitch is when a child tells their siblings that they stole the cookies.