Definition

ratbag1 (noun)
1. slang: A mean, despicable person.

Context

Grandpa Joe is exactly as described, mean and despicable, a person worthy of our hatred due to the things he says and does. Throughout the book and movie there are numerous examples of Grandpa Joe demonstrating a callous disregard for the welfare of others while at the same time satiating his own desires.

The Evidence

Ill-mannered
Grandpa Joe is slovenly and ill-mannered; worse, he teaches several of his bad habits to Charlie, both by example and by direct instruction.
Slacker
Bed-ridden for twenty years while his daughter-in-law works to support a family of 6?
Misogynist
Grandpa Joe demonstrates little respect for women throughout our encounter with him.
Pervert
Grandpa Joe is a lecherous soul who commonly spends his days in bed with two women and another man.

Footnotes and Sources

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