tat·​ty | \ ˈta-tē How to pronounce tatty (audio) \
tattier; tattiest

Definition of tatty

: rather worn, frayed, or dilapidated : shabby a tatty shirt

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tattiness \ ˈta-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce tattiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of tatty in a Sentence

the owner has let the restaurant become increasingly tatty over the years
Recent Examples on the Web The company turned its tatty icons like Mickey Mouse into cash cows. Ben Smith, New York Times, "Bob Iger Thought He Was Leaving on Top. Now, He’s Fighting for Disney’s Life.," 11 Apr. 2020 The final page of the book shows him being pursued by Bambolona, the baker’s friendly but plain-faced daughter, who hands him a tatty bunch of flowers. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Delight and Sadness of Tomie dePaola," 6 Apr. 2020 Its tatty toilets and broken moving walkways betray its council-run heritage. Tom Rowley, 1843, "My journey to the heart of the great British expo," 6 Mar. 2020 Her only access to fashion as a child was through tatty German mail-order catalogs. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Alla Verber, Who Gave Russia a Taste for Luxury, Dies at 61," 14 Aug. 2019 Cases are heard in tatty courtrooms with computer systems that often fail. The Economist, "Britain’s magistrates are in a funk. The time is right for reform," 22 June 2019 Slumped in his Beijing hospital bed in tatty ward-issue pajamas, the 69-year-old is a warren of aches and scuffs, and sports a whopping frostbite sore on each of his two cheeks. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "'I Hate It.' Double-Amputee Climber Xia Boyu Vows Never to Return to Everest," 14 June 2018 Sitting alone in the dock wearing a tatty orange jump suit, James Ricketson turns around to give the press in the courtroom a wearied shrug. Eli Meixler / Phnom Penh, Time, "Cambodia Is Putting an Australian Filmmaker on Trial for Espionage. His Family Says He's Innocent," 15 June 2018 What’s Nicole Kidman doing here as Boadicea, a tatty club impresario and wannabe style guru who envisions Zan as the Next Big Thing? Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘How to Talk to Girls’ makes a Mothership connection," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of tatty

1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tatty

perhaps akin to Old English tætteca rag — more at tatter

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The first known use of tatty was in 1513

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“Tatty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tatty. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tatty

informal : old and in poor condition

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