- torn to tatters; ragged: a tattered flag.
- wearing ragged clothing: a tattered old man.
Origin of tattered
- a torn piece hanging loose from the main part, as of a garment or flag.
- a separate torn piece; shred.
- tatters, torn or ragged clothing: dressed in rags and tatters.
- to tear or wear to tatters.
- to become ragged.
Origin of tatter1
Examples from the Web for tattered
He wears his characteristic white shalwar kameez with a tattered gray waistcoat.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
They have the tattoos, the face paint, and the tattered clothes, and they hold the door for people and say “thank you.”A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
The works are shown sequentially, opening with the original photo of Freud in all its tattered glory.Jasper Johns: The Secrets of a Master at Work
March 15, 2014
Instead of playing the young anti-Christ, he now wears a tattered robe and helps deliver the baby, who is no longer real.The House of Shock Is Terrifying Its Guests and Causing Controversy—and the Zombies Who Run the Show Are Loving It
October 25, 2013
They called the tattered blue garments from which their eyes peered out through net material “their prisons.”The World’s Most Vulnerable Mayor
Janine di Giovanni
March 2, 2013
After coming out of the press, how many have handled this tattered volume?The Book of Khalid
The lad had never previously worn anything but a tattered blouse.The Fat and the Thin
I then held out to her the pamphlet, in all its tattered condition.
Everything we had was tattered and torn; and had to be patched and repaired somehow.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
The Italian fingered his tattered hat, his eyes on the ground.St. Martin's Summer
- ragged or worna tattered old book
- wearing ragged or torn clothingtattered refugees
- damaged, defeated, or in disarrayhe believes he can bring the tattered party together
- to make or become ragged or worn to shreds
- (plural) torn or ragged pieces, esp of material
- in tatters
- torn to pieces; in shreds
- destroyed or ruined
Word Origin and History for tattered
mid-14c., "clad in slashed garments," from Old Norse toturr "rag," cognate with Old English tættec, tætteca "rag, tatter," Low German tater "tatter." The noun is attested from c.1400.