- 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
- a person who does tatting, especially as an occupation.
Origin of tatter2
Examples from the Web for tatters
She was 26 years old and her life was in tatters, her future a black cloud.‘Clinton Inc.’ Author Dishes on Monica Lewinsky and the Blue Dress
July 23, 2014
But they may not have time with Putin challenging, Crimea invaded and an economy in tatters.Inside The EuroMaidan’s Circle Of Trust
March 10, 2014
Songs that the Hyades shall sing, Where flap the tatters of the King, Must die unheard in Dim Carcosa.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Meanwhile the economy is in tatters and the future looks damn bleak.Egypt’s Arab Spring Gives Way To Spring Of The Patriarch
January 10, 2014
A few years later, though, when my Jerusalemite husband and I moved temporarily to the U.S., Oslo was already in tatters.The Hunger That Open Zion Fed
Emily L. Hauser
December 18, 2013
I forgot all my tatters and stood on tiptoe in the stirrups to overpeer the fence-row.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
The last fragment of self-respect, of bravado even, was in tatters.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
The bird was pouring out its heart, tearing the moonlight to tatters.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
I knew what to do with his tatters, but that crimson thatch dumfounded me.The O'Ruddy
A moonbeam rested on her loosened hair and her dress that was torn to tatters.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
- 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 tatters
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.