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A ghetto-dialect mispronunciation of the English term "wretched".
"Ol' girl with her hoochie-ass clothes too tight an' her tracks shown' in her scraggly-ass weave with her fake-ass Gucci bag think she cute. She ratchet."
by Big Booty D April 27, 2014
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a galactic space lombax that has saved over 50 galaxies along with a robot named Clank.
Gamer 1: Ratchet is one of the universe's greatest heroes that has been known by all kinds of alien races!

Gamer 2: But didn't Clank also help him?

Gamer 1: Yeah, he met him while fixing his ship.
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1) A ratchet is a mechanical device that allows continuous linear or rotary motion in only one direction while preventing motion in the opposite direction. Though something of a misnomer, "ratchet" is also often used to refer to ratcheting socket wrenches, a common tool with a ratcheting handle.

2) A character in the Transformers franchise. (Seriously?)
1) There is a ratchet in that clock. That means that the clock can't turn the opposite direction...

2) Ratchet can turn into an ambulance at will.
by Anon255 February 08, 2013
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1. A type of wrench used to crank down or unscrew nuts and bolts.

2. The word "wretched" as spelled and pronounced by the uneducated.
1: That girl is hella ratchet!..

2: No. You mean to say she's "wretched". Ratchet is a type of wrench. Another acceptable word you could've used is "skanky" or "whorish."
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1) a tool, such as a socket wrench
2) (corruption of "wretched"), derogatory hip-hop slang for an unpopular, obese, average-looking, rude, closet poly, hip-hop person, usually a welfare client with children from multiple parents, substance abuse problems and a narcissistic personality disorder, hence the multiple partners and nightclub brawling. Often wears ill-fitting leggings, torn fishnet hose and a loose, matted hair weave in a bright color. Extra income may come from multiple partners, begging and/or prostitution, due to hir poverty. Term is often hypocritically used by similar speakers. Warning! This term is a racial stereotype, sexist fat and slut-shaming speech and may provoke ethnic violence from target.
3) hip-hop slang for gun, knife, or assaulting someone. See meanings 1 and 2.
4) Science fiction video game character from "Ratchet & Clank" series
5) Science fiction robot character from "Transformers" animated series.
1) "Hand me the ratchet from my toolbox," said my father as he worked on his car.
2) "That person is soooo ratchet, in that bad weave and tore-up stockings!"
3) "Let's ratchet that mutha#@%$," he said and pulled a 9-mm. ratchet on him.
by warriorprincess61 September 29, 2014
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It's a fucking socket wrench.
The correct way to use the word "ratchet" would be, "Wow, this ratchet is so useful."
"Damn, she so ratchet-"
"Shut the fuck up, it's a socket wrench."
by Mr. Yell-O September 04, 2012
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Ratchet is....
1. a wrench
2. the main character from the Insomniac video game series, "Ratchet And Clank"
3. a musical instrument that makes a scraping noise
1. This ratchet does not work on this car gear.
2. DARN IT RATCHET, JUST KILL THAT ROBOT!
3. This ratchet is so noisy!
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