Typical signs to beware of include, but are not limited to:
-owning a Blackberry
-BLARES anything by Drake, 2Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Cali Swag District, or any other garbage entertainment rapper
-rowdily quotes "lyrics" from aforementioned artists
-has a weave reminiscent of a bird's nest after a tempest hit the tree it was in, and is dyed at least thrice
-wears torn leggings/stalkings (mostly of the fishnet variety), unpolished 8" heels (or higher, depending on how God-awful they look), fitted jean jackets (to accent the blubber 'round their arms and stomach), and 4 layers of caked on make-up to go clubbing
-repeatedly use ludicrous terms such as "YOLO", "swag", "boost", "beaking", "doe", "really", "naw", "actually", "twerk", "coaster", "dagga", etc., to make a valid statement when they speak
-have side bangs, despite having incredibly small-ass foreheads to support them
-are commonly overweight
and are mind-numbingly stupid; a safe assumption to make would be saying they're uneducated (as if they could pass the 4th grade)
If spotted, please report to the authorities, notifying them that they are possible smack addicts, or potential, degenerate Chaka Khan look-alikes.
That, my comrades, is a prime notoriety of a ratchet.
God help us all.
: adj. a horrific mispronunciation of "wretched"
This mispronunciation has taken on the meaning of severely ghetto and stupid, esp. when used on a girl/woman
"Dang, that chick is ratchet!!"
Note: Mistakes like this can warp our language...so be careful!!! o.0
Basically Ratchet is a term for someone who is such a ghetto/slutty/ugly/trashy hot mess that you have to use a word that doesn't even technically apply because what you are seeing is such a mess that it goes beyond any normal description.
You are pointing out an extremely unattractive woman walking by in a Bikini too small for her body type and her tampon string hanging out.
*whore/ obvious prostitute walks by*
friend: she mad ratchet!!!
other friend: i know right ew
*kid being annoying*
girl: you bein mad ratchet!
boy: no u ratchet
*and it goes on for like 10 minutes
* busted car drives by *
girl: that is the most ratchet-ass car i've seen
boy: i'm glad we dont have one like that