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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Example sentences
Our makeshift campsite was blown to tatters by the backwash of the furious
  blades.
It is ringed by steel cases with wide, shallow drawers that hold trays
  containing thousands of blackened tatters.
His reputation is in tatters and his pension presumably is in jeopardy.
They may not have new clothes, but the old ones haven't fallen to tatters yet.
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