1. A coarse garnment or cloak; also, coarse clothing, in general.
3. A child; an offspring; formerly used in a good sense, but now usually in a contemptuous sense. "This brat is none of mine." "A beggar's brat." "O Israel! O household of the Lord! O Abraham's brats! O brood of blessed seed!" (Gascoigne)
Origin: OE. Bratt coarse garnment, AS. Bratt cloak, fr. The Celtic; cf. W. Brat clout, rag, Gael. Brat cloak, apron, raf, Ir. Brat cloak; properly then, a child's bib or clout; hence, a child.
(01 Mar 1998)
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