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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a tatty old hat
▪ At the window of the cottage hang tatty, faded curtains.
▪ Some of our textbooks are starting to look rather tatty.
▪ But a tatty, concrete post-war extension located on the south-east corner was demolished.
▪ But in truth he was a tatty little man with a furtive walk.
▪ It struck her how tatty many of the buildings appeared now the lack of sun had robbed them of their charm.
▪ The banners we have are getting tatty as no-one worries very much how they are stored.
▪ They were tatty and smelly and lethargic.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tatty \Tat"ty\, n.; pl. Tatties. [Hind. [.t]a[.t][.t][imac].] A mat or screen of fibers, as of the kuskus grass, hung at a door or window and kept wet to moisten and cool the air as it enters. [India]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1510s, "tangled or matted" (of hair), Scottish, probably related to Old English tættec "a rag" (see tatter (n.)). Sense of "tattered, ragged, shabby" first recorded 1933.


Etymology 1 a. dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn n. (context Northern England Geordie slang English) potato Etymology 2

n. (cx India English) A woven mat or screen hung at a door or window and kept wet to moisten and cool the air as it enters.

  1. adj. showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains" [syn: moth-eaten, ratty, shabby]

  2. tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tawdry, trashy]

  3. [also: tattiest, tattier]

Usage examples of "tatty".

She flicked back the cover to glance at the counterfoil, then looked at ZeeZee: taking in the blond biker beard and beeswaxed dreadlocks, the pale blue Huntsville jumpsuit and tatty trainers.

Dirty slippers were piled by the door, tatty costumes hung from a rack, and although the Folies had been closed for a year, the changing room was still redolent with stale sweat, body powder and perfume.

Roots like tatties and neeps were cheap enough, too, and cabbage, and onionseven old Kalchan had those at the inn.

His tatty duffle bag on his shoulder, he bowled after the insubstantial attendant and the psittacoid alien, looking less like a noted musician calling on his manager and more like a sky-sailor hurrying to a house of ill repute.

Marghe moved her tatty mat of what had once been taar skin a few feet along the furrow and knelt, glad to get the weight off her feet.

They say Eppie McLean has fowls waiting by the dozen and a barrel of tatties ready for the pot.

In contrast to King Bester and the rest of the crowd Tatty was spotlessly clean, with neat attire, carefully groomed dark hair, and well-kept fingernails.

He had green eyes and tatty ears, he had a slantways scar on his nose, he had a white bib on his chest, and a tail that was barred in lighter and darker shades.

In the absence of magazines, I amused myself by cleaning all the woofies, loose hair, and tatty tissues from the bottom of my shoulder bag.

I told Sylvie, cutting a swathe from one of the tatty curtains with the Tebbit knife.

Then she retraced her steps, stopping in front of a shop window filled with tatty polyester lingerie in large sizes and boldly artificial-looking wigs: pink Afros, platinum blond falls, black-and-white Cruella De Vil tresses.

A spidery, thin man in a tatty sweater, all elbows and knuckles, his hair standing up as though galvanised, was seated at the table in front of a plate piled high with mashed potato, the mash peppered with sausagesand a brand new bottle of the ubiquitous British brown sauce clutched in his hand ready to gloop.

Thesiger was frequently to be found in corduroy trousers or a rough woollen pullover or with a tatty old cravat tucked around his neckthe blue battledress with its insignia of rank the only concession he made.

Digging a serving spoon into a creamy mass of potato dauphinoise, he gave a big helping to Lizzie, and was just helping himself when Valerie called sharply down the table, 'No tatties, Fred-Fred.

I pulled out a tatty legal pad and made myself some notes, mostly doodles if you really want to know.