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



BrE BrE//ˈtæti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæti//
(informal, especially British English) (tattier, tattiest)
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in a bad condition because it has been used a lot or has not been cared for well synonym shabby a tatty carpet Word Originearly 16th cent. (originally Scots, in the sense ‘tangled, matted, shaggy’): apparently ultimately related to Old English tættec ‘rag’, of Germanic origin; compare with tattered.
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