tattered

[tat-erd]

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see tatter1 (noun), -ed3

untattered, adjective
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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 (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]

tattered (ˈtætəd)
 
adj
1.  ragged or worn: a tattered old book
2.  wearing ragged or torn clothing: tattered refugees
3.  damaged, defeated, or in disarray: he believes he can bring the tattered party together

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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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Example sentences
As the dumpster was slowly emptied, conservators found tattered clothing mixed
  in with rebar and concrete.
Its splendor had disappeared, too, its image tattered.
The picture shows the tattered but triumphant safe after the would-be-thieves
  gave up and walked away.
He is wearing tire-tread sandals and tattered brown shorts.
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