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tatterdemalion

[ tat-er-di-meyl-yuhn, -mal- ]
/ ˌtæt ər dɪˈmeɪl yən, -ˈmæl- /
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noun
a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.
adjective
ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.
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Origin of tatterdemalion

1600–10; first written tatter-de-mallian and rhymed with Italian;see tatter1; -de-mallian< ?

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British Dictionary definitions for tatterdemalion

tatterdemalion
/ (ˌtætədɪˈmeɪljən, -ˈmæl-) /

noun
rare
  1. a person dressed in ragged clothes
  2. (as modifier)a tatterdemalion dress

Word Origin for tatterdemalion

C17: from tatter + -demalion, of uncertain origin
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