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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

tatty2

[tat-ee] /ˈtæt i/
noun, plural tatties.
1.
(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.
Also, tattie.
Origin
1785-95; < Hindi ṭaṭṭī
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Examples from the web for tatty
  • Sometimes a tatty garden space looks almost too dismal to tackle.
  • As in many such films, the awful costumes and tatty sets actually help the film's jokey atmosphere rather than hinder it.
  • The tatty old reception hall has already been transformed into an impressive welcome room.
  • It had looked tatty the first time, but now it looked tattier, as impermanent structures showed signs of wear and tear.
  • But at the outskirts of the capitals the prosperity fades out in bleak housing estates, tatty factories, bumpy roads.
British Dictionary definitions for tatty

tattie

/ˈtætɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a Scot or dialect word for potato

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 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 tatty

tatty

adjective

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


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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