tatterdemalion

[ tat-er-di-meyl-yuh n, -mal- ]
/ ˌtæt ər dɪˈmeɪl yən, -ˈmæl- /

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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