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[tat-ee] /ˈtæt i/
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
1505-1515
1505-15; tat rag (probably back formation from tatter1) + -y1
Related forms
tattily, adverb
tattiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tat-tier

tatty

/ˈtætɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
(mainly Brit) worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt
Derived Forms
tattily, adverb
tattiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of Scottish origin, probably related to Old English tættec a tatter
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Word Origin and History for tat-tier
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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Slang definitions & phrases for tat-tier

tatty

adjective

Inferior; cheap; shoddy; tacky: have met overlunch in tatty banquet halls to press the flesh (1933+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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