Definition of tattered adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtætəd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætərd//
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old and torn; in bad condition tattered clothes (figurative) tattered relationships (figurative) the hotel’s tattered reputation Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘dressed in decoratively slashed or jagged clothing’): apparently originally from the noun tatter ‘scrap of cloth’ + -ed; later treated as a past participle.
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