[tat] /tæt/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), tatted, tatting.
to do, or make by, tatting.
1900–05; back formation from tatting
British Dictionary definitions for tat
tat1 (tæt)
vb , tats, tatting, tatted
to make (something) by tatting
[C19: of unknown origin]

tat2 (tæt)
1.  tatty articles or a tatty condition
2.  tasteless articles
3.  a tangled mass
[C20: back formation from tatty]

tat3 (tæt)
short for tattoo

tat4 (tæt)
See tit for tat

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Word Origin and History for tat
1882, "to do tatting," back-formation from tatting.
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tat in Medicine

TAT abbr.
Thematic Apperception Test

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Slang related to tat



A skin tattoo : There were two favorite spots for tats (1990s+)

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Related Abbreviations for tat


  1. tetanus antitoxin
  2. Thematic Apperception Test
  3. Transatlantic Telephone
  4. true air temperature
  5. turnaround time
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Idioms and Phrases with tat


see tit for tat.

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