tat-tier

tatty

1 [tat-ee]
adjective, tattier, tattiest.
1.
cheap or tawdry; vulgar: a tatty production of a Shakespearean play.
2.
shabby or ill-kempt; ragged; untidy: an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains.

Origin:
1505–15; tat rag (probably back formation from tatter1) + -y1

tattily, adverb
tattiness, noun
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tatty (ˈtætɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
chiefly (Brit) worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt
 
[C16: of Scottish origin, probably related to Old English tættec a tatter]
 
'tattily
 
adv
 
'tattiness
 
n

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tatty
1513, "tangled or matted" (of hair), Scottish, probably related to O.E. tættec "a rag" (see tatter). Sense of "tattered, ragged, shabby" first recorded 1933.
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