tatter

verb
tat·ter | \ ˈta-tər \
tattered; tattering; tatters

Definition of tatter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make ragged

intransitive verb

: to become ragged

tatter

noun

Definition of tatter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a part torn and left hanging : shred

2 tatters plural : tattered clothing : rags

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Synonyms for tatter

Synonyms: Verb

rend, rip, rive, shred, tear

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Examples of tatter in a Sentence

Verb

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

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Manager Terry Francona, whose bullpen is tattered, stayed with Kluber into the eighth even with Gregorius leading off. New York Times, "A Potential Pitching Showcase Melts Into a Rugged Yankees Win," 12 July 2018 But there has been a seismic shift in the balance of power in the NBA after LeBron James decided to join the Lakers in the uber-competitive Western Conference, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers tattered and an Eastern Conference up for grabs. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "NBA's balance of power again shifts West, which bodes well for Boston and Philadelphia," 3 July 2018 Down a run entering the seventh inning, the Red Sox tattered Harris for three two-out runs, taking a lead their bullpen refused to cede. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Red Sox rough up Will Harris in Astros' loss," 2 June 2018 At the Washington Monument, where flags had been flying at half-staff to honor Rev. Billy Graham, at least half a dozen flags appeared tattered by the wind. Karen Weintraub, Washington Post, "Nor’easter slams East Coast with violent winds; thousands lose power," 2 Mar. 2018 Redeemer is located just west of the Marquette University campus, in a neighborhood tattered by poverty. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Consider the humble honeybee," 2 Jan. 2018 When night comes, the vast majority of this 100-mile long, 35-mile wide island plunges into profound darkness, exposing the impotence of a long-troubled power grid that was tattered by Maria's winds and rains. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Ophelia slowly heads toward Ireland, Azores," 12 Oct. 2017 When night comes, the vast majority of this 100-mile long, 35-mile wide island plunges into profound darkness, exposing the impotence of a long-troubled power grid that was tattered by Maria's winds and rains. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Ophelia slowly heads toward Ireland, Azores," 12 Oct. 2017 When night comes, the vast majority of this 100-mile long, 35-mile wide island plunges into profound darkness, exposing the impotence of a long-troubled power grid that was tattered by Maria's winds and rains. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Hurricane Ophelia slowly heads toward Ireland, Azores," 12 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With agriculture in tatters, emergency aid is keeping a growing share of the country alive. Megan Specia And Kassie Bracken, New York Times, "In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger," 30 May 2018 With their UEFA Champions League hopes now in tatters, Juventus' focus will now solely be on claiming their seventh Serie A title in a row. SI.com, "Benevento vs Juventus Preview: Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News, Prediction & More," 6 Apr. 2018 In the wake of the Iraq War and the Great Recession, with both the economy and the cause of democracy promotion in tatters, only the technology industry seemed ready with a trustworthy civic rallying cry. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Facebook's Ideological Imperialism," 30 Mar. 2018 Ross Tucker, the author of the influential Science of Sport blog, tweeted: Many people saying it’s now open season on salbutamol, that the salbutamol policy is in tatters. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "The Chris Froome Ruling Just Broke Anti-Doping," 3 July 2018 Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's credibility is in tatters. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "3 lessons from Trump’s immigration fiasco," 22 June 2018 But without an established path, those intrepid enough to try would often get lost or return in tatters, having battled with scree and brush for miles. Kathryn Miles, BostonGlobe.com, "Yankee grit and the building of the Appalachian Trail," 13 June 2018 In the years immediately following the financial crisis, when household balance sheets were still in tatters, tepid new home sales came down to a lack of buying power. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Why Home Sales Are Weak," 23 May 2018 At Wollaston Beach, large rocks still cover significant portions of the sand, and a beach staircase remains in tatters. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "As summer approaches, many state beaches aren’t in good shape," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of tatter

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tatter

Noun

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse tǫturr tatter; akin to Old English tætteca rag, Old High German zotta matted hair, tuft

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tatter

noun
tat·ter | \ ˈta-tər \

Kids Definition of tatter

1 : a part torn and left hanging : shred

2 tatters plural : ragged clothing

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