Old and torn; in poor condition: an old woman in tattered clothes figurative the tattered remnants of his dreams
More example sentences
- Rich men with tailored suits knelt by poor men in tattered clothes.
- The labourers were in a bad condition, with tattered clothes and worn-out expressions.
- Spin and weave every day, for our Mother is in tattered weeds and a poor mother needs clothes to cover her sores.
Middle English (in the sense 'dressed in decoratively slashed or jagged clothing'): apparently originally from the noun tatter 'scrap of cloth' + -ed1; later treated as a past participle.
Definition of tattered in:
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