a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.
ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.
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How to use tatterdemalion in a sentence
Coronado's first bullet knocked a villainous-looking tatterdemalion clean into the happy hunting grounds.Overland | John William De Forest
Your father was a tatterdemalion like yourself, and never saw two jars of gold even in his dreams.Georgian Folk Tales | Unknown
Wal, she didnt look quite sech a tatterdemalion, granted Aunt Alvirah.Ruth Fielding At Sunrise Farm | Alice B. Emerson
“One that cannot be lightly denied,” said the tatterdemalion.Fantastic Fables | Ambrose Bierce
Carelessly Ralph Dacre sauntered forth again into the moonlight and confronted the tatterdemalion figure of his visitor.The Lamp in the Desert | Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for tatterdemalion
a person dressed in ragged clothes
(as modifier): a tatterdemalion dress
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