You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?

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    "Brat" is probably most idiomatic, but "monster" will also work. Or any of these: holy terror, little terror, crybaby, enfant terrible, rascal, little darling (said with a touch of sarcasm), little devil, horror, hellion, whippersnapper, fiend.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 16:23
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    "Poor little bugger". Just needs some attention.
    – WS2
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 17:32
  • I don't. I blame the parents.
    – Dan
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 22:22
  • @Dan Exactly, the parents are responsible for their kids behavior, while they're toddlers, of course, those brats at supermarkets anger me like nothing else
    – Kyle
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 10:19
  • Tired, probably. Commented Oct 31, 2023 at 13:18

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A brat.

a : child; specifically : an ill-mannered annoying child a spoiled brat
b : an ill-mannered immature person


While there are many other terms for this idea, this one is commonly understood in American English.

  • In UK we very often add the adjective spoiled to brat. Quoting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoiled_child ... spoiled child, spoiled brat, or simply a brat BUT further quoting Perception is an important term, because where the child is suffering a disability such as Autism, observers may judge them as "spoiled" without an understanding of the whole picture. There is no accepted scientific definition of what "spoiled" means, and professionals are often unwilling to use the label because it is considered vague and derogatory
    – k1eran
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 14:05

Terrible Twos

Not used so much as a term for the person, but the development stage of that toddler.

Charlie is in his terrible twos, and it's been so difficult!

Dictionary.com defines as:

"A stage of development in which toddler behavior is a particular challenge."

Additionally, this term is widely used throughout parenting (Parents.com) and health (mayoclinic.org) resources.

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    and what the kid is doing is 'having a temper tantrum'
    – Mitch
    Commented Feb 4, 2016 at 14:22

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