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[tat-ee] /ˈtæt i/
adjective, tattier, tattiest.
1.
cheap or tawdry; vulgar:
a tatty production of a Shakespearean play.
2.
shabby or ill-kempt; ragged; untidy:
an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; tat rag (probably back formation from tatter1) + -y1
Related forms
tattily, adverb
tattiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tattier

tatty

/ˈtætɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
(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 tattier

tatty

adj.

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 tattier

tatty

adjective

Inferior; cheap; shoddy; tacky: have met overlunch in tatty banquet halls to press the flesh (1933+)


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