tatterdemalion

[tat-er-di-meyl-yuhn, -mal-]
noun
1.
a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.
adjective
2.
ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.

Origin:
1600–10; first written tatter-de-mallian and rhymed with Italian; see tatter1; -de-mallian < ?

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tatterdemalion (ˌtætədɪˈmeɪljən, -ˈmæl-)
 
n
rare
 a.  a person dressed in ragged clothes
 b.  (as modifier): a tatterdemalion dress
 
[C17: from tatter + -demalion, of uncertain origin]

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tatterdemalion
"ragged child, person dressed in old clothes," 1608, probably from tatter, with fantastic second element, but perhaps also suggested by Tartar, with a contemporary sense of "vagabond, gypsy."
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Example sentences
Rumor is an evanescent and mendacious tatterdemalion.
They were a tatterdemalion lot of soldiers and no mistake.
The tatterdemalion group possesses no home but that of the daily grazing land of the flock.
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