tatty

1 [tat-ee]
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:
1505–15; tat rag (probably back formation from tatter1) + -y1

tattily, adverb
tattiness, noun
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tatty

2 [tat-ee]
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.
Also, tattie.


Origin:
1785–95; < Hindi ṭaṭṭī

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tattie or tatty (ˈtætɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
a Scot or dialect word for potato
 
tatty or tatty
 
n

tatty (ˈtætɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
chiefly (Brit) worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt
 
[C16: of Scottish origin, probably related to Old English tættec a tatter]
 
'tattily
 
adv
 
'tattiness
 
n

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tatty
1513, "tangled or matted" (of hair), Scottish, probably related to O.E. tættec "a rag" (see tatter). Sense of "tattered, ragged, shabby" first recorded 1933.
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Example sentences
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.
But at the outskirts of the capitals the prosperity fades out in bleak housing estates, tatty factories, bumpy roads.
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