tat·​tered | \ ˈta-tərd How to pronounce tattered (audio) \

Definition of tattered

1 : torn into shreds : ragged a tattered flag
2a : broken down : dilapidated decaying houses along tattered paved streets— P. B. Martin
b : being in a shattered condition led their tattered party to victory
3 : 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 Budhari Solangi, 24, who was sitting with a group of other women under a tent made of reeds and tattered cloth, said all the children who have stayed are falling ill. Susannah George, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Her border collie, Mae, leads the way up the steps and through the tattered screen door. Noah Davis, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Aug. 2022 Grating whole tomatoes on a box grater yields fresh tomato pulp while leaving a flat and tattered, yet satisfyingly whole, tomato skin behind. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 29 Aug. 2022 Richard Allan, a former Liberal Democrat politician who had become Facebook’s head of policy in Europe, helped recruit Clegg, believing his skills could help the company repair its tattered relationship with policymakers. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, residents do their best to get by on the tattered edges of American life. New York Times, 31 July 2022 The 58-year-old actor rocked a matching brown linen blazer with a tattered hem to complement his knee-length skirt. Fox News, 21 July 2022 The Sox have the ability to hit their way through the tattered state of their pitching staff, but Bogaerts, Martinez, and Story will have considerable say over whether that potential translates to the scoreboard and the standings. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 After snipping the tattered threads along the edge of Old Glory, Trey Oates carefully folds over a few inches of the red and white striped cloth and then eases the yards of cumbersome material through an industrial-grade sewing machine. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tattered

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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tat·​tered | \ ˈta-tərd How to pronounce tattered (audio) \

Kids Definition of tattered

1 : torn in or worn to shreds tattered clothes
2 : dressed in ragged clothes a tattered orphan

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