tattered

adjective tat·tered \ ˈta-tərd \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of tattered

1 :torn into shreds :ragged
  • a tattered flag
2 a :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

  1. a pile of old tattered books

  2. arrived at the refugee camp tattered and exhausted

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First Known Use of tattered

14th century

tattered Synonyms

Synonyms
ragged, raggedy, ragtag, tatterdemalion, out at elbows (or out at the elbows)
Related Words
bedraggled, scroungy, scruffy, shabby, threadbare; down-at-the-heels (or down-at-heel also down-at-the-heel or down-at-heels)
Near Antonyms
decked (out), dolled up, dressed up; spiffy

TATTERED Defined for English Language Learners

tattered

adjective

Definition of tattered for English Language Learners

  • : old and torn


TATTERED Defined for Kids

tattered

adjective tat·tered \ ˈta-tərd \

Definition of tattered for Students

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


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