Definition of tatters noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtætəz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtætərz//
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  • clothes or pieces of cloth that are badly torn
  • Word Originlate Middle English (also in the singular meaning ‘scrap of cloth’): from Old Norse tǫtrar ‘rags’.Extra examples Her clothes were in tatters. Her marriage now lay in tatters. With their plans now in tatters, they gave up. an injury that left his dreams in tattersIdioms
    1. 1torn in many places His clothes were in tatters.
    2. 2ruined or badly damaged synonym in shreds Her reputation was in tatters. The government's education policy lies in tatters.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tatters