mall rat

n
American
a (usually female) teenager who hangs around shopping malls in order to meet friends, misbehave and/or otherwise have a 'good time'. A phenomenon and expression in existence since the early 1980s.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • mall rat — n. Slang a young person who loiters about shopping malls * * * …   Universalium

  • mall rat — mall′ rat n. sts sl. a person, esp. a teenager, who frequents shopping malls to socialize, window shop, etc • Etymology: 1980–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • mall rat — n. Slang a young person who loiters about shopping malls …   English World dictionary

  • mall rat — noun : a person who habitually spends a lot of time in shopping malls * * * mall rat noun (US sl) A young person who spends a lot of leisure time in shopping malls • • • Main Entry: ↑mall * * * mall rat, a young person who spends time socializing …   Useful english dictionary

  • mall rat — mall rats N COUNT (disapproval) Mall rats are young people who spend a lot of time hanging around in shopping malls with their friends. [AM] Thus, teenagers become mall rats, hanging out but rarely shopping in those megamalls …   English dictionary

  • mall rat — noun Someone who frequently loiters in a shopping mall …   Wiktionary

  • mall\ rat — Anyone who dresses as gothy as possible and wanders around malls annoying shoppers by escalators. Goddamn mall rats! I m too tired to climb the escalator …   Dictionary of american slang

  • mall — (n.) 1737, shaded walk serving as a promenade, generalized from The Mall, name of a broad, tree lined promenade in St. James s Park, London (so called from 1670s, earlier Maill, 1640s), which was so called because it formerly was an open alley… …   Etymology dictionary

  • rat — ► NOUN 1) a large, long tailed rodent, typically considered a serious pest. 2) informal a despicable person. 3) informal an informer. 4) N. Amer. a person who is associated with or frequents a specified place: a mall rat. ► EXCLAMATION (rats)… …   English terms dictionary

  • rat — [rat] n. [ME ratte < OE ræt, akin to Ger ratz, ratte < PGmc * ratto < ? IE base * red , * rōd , to scratch, gnaw > L radere, to scrape, rodere, to gnaw] 1. any of numerous long tailed rodents of various families (esp. Muridae and… …   English World dictionary

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