tat·​tered ˈta-tərd How to pronounce tattered (audio)
: torn into shreds : ragged
a tattered flag
: broken down : dilapidated
decaying houses along tattered paved streetsP. B. Martin
: being in a shattered condition
led their tattered party to victory
: wearing ragged clothes
a tattered barefoot boy

Examples of tattered in a Sentence

a pile of old tattered books arrived at the shelter tattered and exhausted
Recent Examples on the Web Tucked inside was a tattered photo of me, a snaggletoothed first-grader at Church Street Elementary School in Tupelo, Miss. Minrose Gwin, New York Times, 18 May 2024 All critics and jeering old folks need is a platform (cable TV, Instagram, a tattered soap box) to discredit the movement as the performative act of feckless snowflakes and spoiled children. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 Israel is widely believed to be behind a long list of drone attacks and explosions that have hit Iranian military and nuclear targets, particularly since the collapse of talks to revive Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Carol E. Lee, NBC News, 13 Apr. 2024 The Logan Circle store has long featured a tattered awning, a mess of toys haphazardly placed in its display window and a weathered wooden sign out front advertising what people might find inside. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for tattered 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of tattered was in the 14th century

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“Tattered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tattered. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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tat·​tered ˈtat-ərd How to pronounce tattered (audio)
: wearing ragged clothes
a tattered barefoot child
: torn in shreds : ragged
a tattered flag

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