verb \ˈta-tər\

Definition of TATTER

transitive verb
:  to make ragged
intransitive verb
:  to become ragged

Examples of TATTER

  1. <the kids will tatter that doll beyond repair if they don't quit yanking on it>

First Known Use of TATTER

14th century



Definition of TATTER

:  a part torn and left hanging :  shred
plural :  tattered clothing :  rags

Origin of TATTER

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tǫturr tatter; akin to Old English tætteca rag, Old High German zotta matted hair, tuft
First Known Use: 15th century


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