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[tat-ee] /ˈtæt i/
tatty2 .


or tattie

[tat-ee] /ˈtæt i/
noun, plural tatties.
(in India) a screen, usually made of coarse, fragrant fibers, placed over a window or door and kept moistened with water in order to cool and deodorize the room.
Origin of tatty2
First recorded in 1785-95, tatty is from the Hindi word ṭaṭṭī Unabridged
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  • And once he let tattie and me try to row, but I 'caught a crab' and dropped the oar.

  • "She's been longing and yearning to seize the reins and drive the coach ever since she came," commented tattie.

  • I know you go creeping into tattie's bed when you think I'm asleep, and you daren't walk upstairs alone.

  • "Mr. Greenhalgh has tried, and says he can't hear of one anywhere," lamented tattie.

  • "Mither, Rob's taken twa sups of milk to yae bite o' tattie," little Mary would say.

    The Underworld

    James C. Welsh
British Dictionary definitions for tattie


noun (pl) -ties
a Scot or dialect word for potato


adjective -tier, -tiest
(mainly Brit) worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt
Derived Forms
tattily, adverb
tattiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of Scottish origin, probably related to Old English tættec a tatter
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Word Origin and History for tattie



1510s, "tangled or matted" (of hair), Scottish, probably related to Old English tættec "a rag" (see tatter). Sense of "tattered, ragged, shabby" first recorded 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tattie



Inferior; cheap; shoddy; tacky: have met overlunch in tatty banquet halls to press the flesh (1933+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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