verb (tats, tatting, tatted)[with object]
Make (a decorative mat or edging) by tying knots in thread and using a small shuttle to form lace.
- We both worked on our respective needlework projects, and I taught Lars to tat lace.
- Drawing on her incongruous but irrepressible skills as a housewife, she had tatted lengths of batik, draped bolts of brocade, swathed silk, swagged satin, ruched, ruffed, hemmed and hawed.
- I can also tat and crochet laces or other fine works.
late 19th century: back-formation from tatting.
Tasteless or shoddy clothes, jewelry, or ornaments.
- Well, me and the wife went to Ocean Finance to buy some new furniture to replace this gaudy tat.
- Give It allows friends and relatives to donate a sum of money to a good cause instead of buying a shoddy piece of tat that's destined for the charity shop.
- The World Cup has given men licence to buy all manner of tat.
mid 19th century (in the senses 'rag' and 'person in rags'): probably a back-formation from tatty.