Definition for tattered (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tatter1
Examples from the Web for tattered
They have the tattoos, the face paint, and the tattered clothes, and they hold the door for people and say “thank you.”A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos|Steve Miller|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The works are shown sequentially, opening with the original photo of Freud in all its tattered glory.
Instead of playing the young anti-Christ, he now wears a tattered robe and helps deliver the baby, who is no longer real.The House of Shock Is Terrifying Its Guests and Causing Controversy—and the Zombies Who Run the Show Are Loving It|Tyler Gillespie|October 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They called the tattered blue garments from which their eyes peered out through net material “their prisons.”
In the months ahead, repairing that tattered sense of trust may prove to be even tougher than the fight against the Taliban.Afghanistan: The Friendship That Went Up in Flames|Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau|February 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The shivering sentinel quickens his step along the rampart, and the half-naked Indian folds his tattered blanket close around him.
The last words were addressed to a boy in a tattered jacket, who was racing after a passing carriage.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
In addition to the tattered garments, the old man gave him a hat, a sword, and a lame old horse.The Myths of the North American Indians|Lewis Spence
He rose again, slipping something into his pocket of his tattered coat.Fortitude|Hugh Walpole
He and his little force, carrying with them their tattered flag, were taken on board a Union ship to New York.The Story of American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
British Dictionary definitions for tattered (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for tattered (2 of 2)
- torn to pieces; in shreds
- destroyed or ruined
Word Origin for tatter
Word Origin and History for tattered
mid-14c., "clad in slashed garments," from Old Norse toturr "rag," cognate with Old English tættec, tætteca "rag, tatter," Low German tater "tatter." The noun is attested from c.1400.