tatter

tatter

1 [tat-er]
noun
1.
a torn piece hanging loose from the main part, as of a garment or flag.
2.
a separate torn piece; shred.
3.
tatters, torn or ragged clothing: dressed in rags and tatters.
verb (used with object)
4.
to tear or wear to tatters.
verb (used without object)
5.
to become ragged.

Origin:
1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English < Old Norse tǫturr rag, tatter; akin to Old English tætteca rag, shred; (v.) back formation from tattered

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tatter

2 [tat-er]
noun
a person who does tatting, especially as an occupation.

Origin:
1880–85; tat + -er1

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tatter (ˈtætə)
 
vb
1.  to make or become ragged or worn to shreds
 
n
2.  (plural) torn or ragged pieces, esp of material
3.  in tatters
 a.  torn to pieces; in shreds
 b.  destroyed or ruined
 
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic töturr rag, Old English tættec, Old High German zæter rag]

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tatter
mid-14c., "clad in slashed garments"), from O.N. toturr "rag," cognate with O.E. tættec, tætteca "rag, tatter," Low Ger. tater "tatter." The noun is attested from c.1400
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