tatter

1
[ tat-er ]
/ ˈtæt ər /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to tear or wear to tatters.

verb (used without object)

to become ragged.

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Origin of tatter

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1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English < Old Norse tǫturr rag, tatter; akin to Old English tætteca rag, shred; (v.) back formation from tattered

Definition for tatter (2 of 2)

tatter2
[ tat-er ]
/ ˈtæt ər /

noun

a person who does tatting, especially as an occupation.

Origin of tatter

2
First recorded in 1880–85; tat + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for tatter

tatter
/ (ˈtætə) /

verb

to make or become ragged or worn to shreds

noun

(plural) torn or ragged pieces, esp of material
in tatters
  1. torn to pieces; in shreds
  2. destroyed or ruined

Word Origin for tatter

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic töturr rag, Old English tættec, Old High German zæter rag
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