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verb (used with or without object), tat·ted, tat·ting.
  1. to do, or make by, tatting.

Origin of tat

First recorded in 1900–05; back formation from tatting
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  • Aunt Victoria had tatted diligently during this little scene.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

  • Her fingers flew deftly as she tatted a yoke for a fancy nightgown.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • The collar is ornamented round the outer edge with a tatted lace.

  • She tatted while she read, tatted while she taught, tatted while she watched the potatoes boiling for dinner.

  • Mrs. Tremnell tatted with a very injured air, and was on the verge of tears.

    Into the Highways and Hedges

    F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)

British Dictionary definitions for tatted


verb tats, tatting or tatted
  1. to make (something) by tatting

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


  1. tatty articles or a tatty condition
  2. tasteless articles
  3. a tangled mass

Word Origin

C20: back formation from tatty


  1. short for tattoo 2 (def. 2)


  1. See tit for tat
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Word Origin and History for tatted



1882, "to do tatting," back-formation from tatting.

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tatted in Medicine


  1. Thematic Apperception Test
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Idioms and Phrases with tatted


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