The Online Slang Dictionary
(American, English, and Urban slang)

Login     Register     Forgot password     Resend confirmation

Definition of river rat

river rat

  • usually a term given to someone from Mississippi. Generally not derogative.

    Last edited on Nov 17 2005. Submitted by Miranda W. from Rincon, GA, USA on Nov 17 2005.



    A term to either describe or label someone who works aboard towboats on the North American inland waterways. Only considered derogative or offensive if used to intentionallly belittle someone based on their profession or socio-economics .

    The term "river rat" is used by river barge workers and those who live near the inland waterways.

    Last edited on Jul 28 2011. Submitted by An Ohio River Towboater's Wife from Lawrence, Ohio, USA on Jul 28 2011.

+Add a definition for this slang term

More info:

Interactive stats:

Related words

Slang terms with the same meaning

None found.

Slang terms with the same root words

Other terms relating to 'rat':

Definitions include: very crazy.
Definitions include: to care.
Definitions include: a person who frequents gyms.
Definitions include: the need to defecate.
Definitions include: skanky, ghetto looking female who always hangs with groups of guys.
Definitions include: stuff that a hood rat would do.
Definitions include: a person who hangs out at malls.
Definitions include: a person who obsessively hoards objects.
Definitions include: a derogatory term for females, implying promiscuity.
Definitions include: very drunk.
Definitions include: extremely drunk.
Definitions include: a bastard.
Definitions include: sexually explicit. X-rated
Definitions include: a telephone number that is used by the police to enable citizens to provide anonymous information, e.g. Crimestoppers.
Definitions include: to inform on.

Other terms relating to 'river':

Definitions include: an expression used to indicate someone is in denial.
Definitions include: to get the last card in Texas Hold'em.
Definitions include: where a person in bad circumstances lives.

How common is this slang?

Don't click the following.
I use it(13)  
No longer use it(0)  
Heard it but never used it(3)  
Have never heard it(7)  

How vulgar is this slang?

Average of 13 votes: 19%  (See the most vulgar words.)

Least vulgar  
  Most vulgar

Your vote: None   (To vote, click the pepper. Vote how vulgar the word is – not how mean it is.)

Least vulgar  
  Most vulgar

Where is this slang used?

Logged-in users can add themselves to the map. Login, Register, Login instantly with Facebook.

Link to this slang definition

To link to this term in a web page or blog, insert the following.

<a href="">river rat</a>

To link to this term in a wiki such as Wikipedia, insert the following.

[ river rat]

Some wikis use a different format for links, so be sure to check the documentation.