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water rat

wa·ter rat
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er rat]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ræt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er rat]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər ræt/

Definitions of water rat words

  • noun water rat any of various rodents having aquatic habits. 1
  • noun water rat the muskrat, Ondatra zibethica. 1
  • noun water rat (in Australia and New Guinea) any of the aquatic rats of the subfamily Hydromyinae, especially of the genus Hydromys. 1
  • noun water rat Slang. a vagrant or thief who frequents a waterfront. 1
  • noun water rat any of several small amphibious rodents, esp the water vole or the muskrat 0
  • noun water rat any of various amphibious rats of the subfamily Hydromyinae, of New Guinea, the Philippines, and Australia 0

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Origin of water rat

First appearance:

before 1545
One of the 30% oldest English words
First recorded in 1545-55

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Parts of speech for Water rat

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation

water rat popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 47% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

water rat usage trend in Literature

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