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[tat-ee] /ˈtæt i/
tatty2 .


or tattie

[tat-ee] /ˈtæt i/
noun, plural tatties.
(in India) a screen, usually made of coarse, fragrant fibers, placed over a window or door and kept moistened with water in order to cool and deodorize the room.
Origin of tatty2
1785-95; < Hindi ṭaṭṭī Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • "She's been longing and yearning to seize the reins and drive the coach ever since she came," commented tattie.

  • And once he let tattie and me try to row, but I 'caught a crab' and dropped the oar.

  • "Mither, Rob's taken twa sups of milk to yae bite o' tattie," little Mary would say.

    The Underworld James C. Welsh
  • I know you go creeping into tattie's bed when you think I'm asleep, and you daren't walk upstairs alone.

  • There I found my Hindoo bearer, standing with a tattie in his hand.

    Animal Ghosts Elliott O'Donnell
  • "Mr. Greenhalgh has tried, and says he can't hear of one anywhere," lamented tattie.

British Dictionary definitions for tattie


noun (pl) -ties
a Scot or dialect word for potato


adjective -tier, -tiest
(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 tattie



1510s, "tangled or matted" (of hair), Scottish, probably related to Old English tættec "a rag" (see tatter). Sense of "tattered, ragged, shabby" first recorded 1933.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tattie



  1. A home run: the man who hit all those long taters in the American League/ Bolton insisted the outfield fences be moved in, thus allowing his own team's heavy hitters to launch their taters
  2. A potato: meat and taters/ Fry up some taters for lunch

[1960s+ Baseball; perhaps fr earlier Negro League use revived by George ''Boomer'' Scott when he joined the Boston Red Sox in 1966]

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