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: she sometimes made dresses in the evening while Momma tatted doiliesMore example sentences
- 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.
noun[mass noun] British • informal
- Tasteless or shoddy clothes, jewellery, or ornaments: the place was decorated with all manner of gaudy tatMore example sentences
- 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.
- A tattoo: he wants to get his tats removedMore example sentences
- Rodriguez doesn't have any tats on his wrist.
- He's got tats on his giant muscles which he does not cover with a shirt.
- I have seen some really bad work (tatts) in my life, and I made sure I talked with and researched each artist.