Originally used for a tool for screwing in objects. Ratchet refer to someone who is ignorant, uneducated, selfish, and destructive. These creatures are often seen as scum to a society. They act like a complete jackass thinking they are "all that". Most listen to rap music post 2012. Often seen wearing Beats or Jordans. It's catchphrase is the n-word. They are often destroying our youth. Their natural habitat is the outskirts where crime is high and so is poverty. Most of them spend money toward fashion instead of good food and a college tuition, so their nutritional value comes from fast food. Yes, they do make racial stereotypes seem true.
Phillip was attacked by a wild ratchet while strolling through Oakland.
by kakakarrotcake September 30, 2014

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A mispronunciation of "Rat-Shit". Typically used by Australia youth as a localised version of the American equivalent, which refers to ghetto-trash and ghetto-trash-want-to-be persons of the female variety.
You look like ratchet mate.

Urgh. I drank too much last night. I feel ratchet.
by Crocodile Dungoofed December 19, 2013

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The term ratchet, from a derogatory sense of the term, stems from drug use. A "ratchet" in slang usually refers to someone who is "ghetto", unkept, and unable to keep steady work. It's particularly derogatory towards lower class women. However it's use first comes from deep drug addiction where "ratchet" refers to someone (more often a woman apparently) that got into the grips of drug addiction from a drug dealer. We all have seen the faces of meth and what drug addiction can do to the body and face. So that's where its roots come from. Ratchet then became popularized with the musical genre Trap, a kind of instrumental electronic music with influences from "dirty south" rap. So from the recesses of drug addiction to pop culture and morphed into people who just can't take care of themselves.
Dude: "Wow do you see that prostitute over there buying crack?"
Other Dude: "Yep, ratchet."
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A disgusting long fingered immature 19 year old male with the brain of a four year old who can't get into college and looks like a weasel. Also known as pedobear, the boogie man, Drew Rimple, so hide your kids, hide your wife and your husband. And your dog. Don't let them use social media connected to this individual. He is a self absorbed self confessed nymphomaniac, at 16, tried to fuck a 13 year old. Ewwwwwwwwwwww
Ratchet is baaack...
Oh no it's Drew Rimple hide the young girls he is a pedophile ahhhhh quick get me a katana...I will protect my kingdom of young innocent children.
by Bacon3 November 29, 2016

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a term used for a gun, cannon ,blow torch, tool
Heard that nigga came through squeezing on a ratchet
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ITS A FUCKING SOCKET WRENCH
Hey I'm working on my car, I need to buy a new ratchet
by GOODBADYESNO January 31, 2015

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(1)Literal definition: a socket wrench used mainly auto-mechanics.
(2)Slang: beyond ghetto (mainly used on women).
(1)I just bought this brand new ratchet from the Snap-On truck. it has 22 teeth!
(2)"Did you see that girl wearing pj's and hair curlers to the grocery store!?!"

"Yeah, she's so ratchet."
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