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1. offensive slang A derogatory term for a girl or young woman who is considered promiscuous and who lives in or frequents "the hood" (an urban neighborhood, especially an impoverished one). Primarily heard in US. You know those hood rats are just gold digging.
2. rude slang An often derogatory term for a young person who lives in "the hood" (an urban neighborhood, especially an impoverished one). Potentially offensive. Primarily heard in US. Who you callin' a hood rat? We grew up on the same street! Don't go associating with those hood rats. You've got a future to think of.
n. someone who hangs around the [black] neighborhood. Sam’s just a wimpy hood rat. He never sees any action.