- a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.
- ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.
Origin of tatterdemalion
Related Words for tatterdemalionshoddy, broken, dilapidated, moth-eaten, ragged, raggedy, rugged, seedy, shabby, shaggy, threadbare, torn, unkempt, battered, frayed, frazzled, ripped, scraggy
Examples from the Web for tatterdemalion
Historical Examples of tatterdemalion
Look at that tatterdemalion, and think how came he by such notions.'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
There, at the corner near the learned Club-house, halts the tatterdemalion.
The tatterdemalion is quicker still; fled like a guilty thought.
Towards the tatterdemalion the policeman now advances quickly.
With a stern glance Stonor kept the tatterdemalion crowd at bay.The Woman from Outside
- a person dressed in ragged clothes
- (as modifier)a tatterdemalion dress