Definition of tattered in English:

tattered

Line breaks: tat|tered
Pronunciation: /ˈtatəd
 
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adjective

  • Old and torn; in poor condition: an old woman in tattered clothes figurative the tattered remnants of my pride
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    • 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.

Origin

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.

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