tat·​ty ˈta-tē How to pronounce tatty (audio)
tattier; tattiest
: rather worn, frayed, or dilapidated : shabby
a tatty shirt
tattiness noun

Examples of tatty in a Sentence

the owner has let the restaurant become increasingly tatty over the years
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps irony, like water for the swimming pool, is a resource that dries up seasonally in these parts, leaving only a dust bowl of surly resentment and some tatty deckchairs behind. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Shacking up in tatty digs on the premises, the men and women who provide daily diversions for the all-inclusive package tourists have the self-organizing camaraderie of a circus troupe. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 17 Aug. 2023 Look closely, and the beggar’s left hand has disappeared, tucked inside the placket of his tatty jacket. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2023 Stay at the grand but tatty Sofitel Winter Palace, overlooking the Nile on the east bank, or the boutiquey, just renovated Al Moudira, amid farmland on the west bank. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 18 June 2023 And the Brits find themselves at a disadvantage when their vaunted national security apparatus proves to be a bit tatty. John Anderson, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2023 Her mordant social commentary is lodged between the glamorous fizz of Warhol and the tatty thrift store aesthetic of Mike Kelley. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2022 All the walls were painted the same dull white, and there were only a few tatty posters for decoration. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 The donor car for this process was quite tatty when it was located. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 7 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


perhaps akin to Old English tætteca rag — more at tatter

First Known Use

1513, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 4 Dec. 2023.

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