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.
Words that rhyme with tatat, bat, brat, cat, chat, cravat, drat, expat, fat, flat, frat, gat, gnat, hat, hereat, high-hat, howzat, lat, mat, matt, matte, Montserrat, Nat, outsat, pat, pit-a-pat, plait, plat, prat, Rabat, rat, rat-tat, Sadat, sat, scat, Sebat, shabbat, shat, skat, slat, spat, splat, sprat, stat, Surat, that, thereat, tit-for-tat, vat, whereat
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.