Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

tatty

play
adjective tat·ty \ˈta-tē\

Simple Definition of tatty

  • : old and in poor condition

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tatty

tattiertattiest

  1. :  rather worn, frayed, or dilapidated :  shabby <a tatty shirt>

tattiness play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of tatty in a sentence

  1. <the owner has let the restaurant become increasingly tatty over the years>



Origin of tatty

perhaps akin to Old English tætteca rag — more at tatter


First Known Use: 1513

Rhymes with tatty


Learn More about tatty


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tatty? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by propriety and good taste

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry maudlin oily prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ