A word that people use to call something "ghetto" or the equivalent of "ghetto".

The irony lies in that 95% of the time, a "ghetto" person is using the word.
Person 1: She so ratchet gurl.
Person 2: Oh the irony.
by DHM February 08, 2013

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A type of lockback folding knife originally from Germany. These are very popular in much of the Africa and much of the Caribbean. Ratchet Knives are often associated with gangs and criminal activity. In Jamaica they were closely linked with "Rude Boy" street culture.
Ratchet Knives are named for the ratcheted blade lock mechanism.

The ratcheted blade lock mechanism keeps the blade from snapping shut on the user's hand even when only partially opened. The ratchet knife is usually unlocked by using a pull ring on the back rather than the more common push buttons or levers of most lock blades.
Both of these features make it less likely for the knife to snap shut across the user's fingers during a struggle.

However the key to the popularity of these knives is mostly due to their extremely low price, wide availability and intimidating ratchet sound on opening.
The most famous brand of ratchet knife is the Okapi. Originally made in Germany for export to German territories in Africa the production of Okapi knives moved to South Africa during the 1980's where it is still a very popular all around knife, especially with local criminals.
The Okapi was also the favored ratchet of Jamaican rude boys who often referred to them as "Three Star Ratchets" due to the three stars inlaid on the handles of many Okapi brand ratchet knives.
"Walking down the road, With your ratchet in your waist, Johnny you're too bad"

-Johnny Too Bad, The Slickers
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a tool used for assembling and maintenance on an automobile, not at term used to describe a slut
Nichole: that's ratchet

Jamie: no, a ratchet is a tool
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Used by dumb women to explain other ugly nasty women. The real use of the word is in reference of a tool.
Serena tells Sam that bitch is ratchet.
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When something is kind of grimy yet classy at the same time.
(Pronounced Rah-Shay)
Girl 1: Omg you're drinking champagne while wearing a trash bag? You're so fucking ratchet hunny.
Girl 2: Bitch no I'm ratchét; don't get it twisted!
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Diminutive of "wretched": of poor character; nasty; dirty; foul; morally reprehensible.
It's just a matter of time before these ratchet kids you hanging with get you in trouble.
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1. A type of tool
2. A female "wannabe"
3. A person (usually female) who thinks she is cool, but she is not.
4. A derogatory term to describe a female who thinks she is young, thin, fashionable, or intelligent but who is not.
Origin: An ebonic vernacular term coined from the word "wretched." Origin: Made popular by rapper Lil' Boosie in his song "Ratchet" whose subject is the poor and wretched. The term has been picked up by the mainstream teenage culture.
"She thinks her clothes make her hot, but she's ratchet."
"Mom, dating that guy my age is just ratchet." e.g. from "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce"
"Look at that ratchet with the bad hairdo and torn fishnets sucking up to the guy in the Porsche. That's just ratchet."
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One of the most loved playstation character. Has big ears bcs he is a lombax. There are total 16 games made about him and his loyal companion Clank. :DDD But I myself wouldn't call your girlfriend ratchet :DDD
Omg, I've just finished the walkthrough of Ratchet&Clank: A Crack In Time
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