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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Other Words from tatty

tattiness \ ˈta-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce tatty (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 Reiko Huffman’s scenic design re-creates well the tatty motel where King spent his last night. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 The company turned its tatty icons like Mickey Mouse into cash cows. Ben Smith, New York Times, 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, 6 Apr. 2020 Its tatty toilets and broken moving walkways betray its council-run heritage. Tom Rowley, 1843, 6 Mar. 2020 Her only access to fashion as a child was through tatty German mail-order catalogs. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2019 Cases are heard in tatty courtrooms with computer systems that often fail. The Economist, 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, 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, 15 June 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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4 May 2021

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“Tatty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tatty. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tatty

informal : old and in poor condition


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