or tat·tie


noun, plural tat·ties.

(in India) a screen, usually made of coarse, fragrant fibers, placed over a window or door and kept moistened with water in order to cool and deodorize the room.

Origin of tatty

First recorded in 1785–95, tatty is from the Hindi word ṭaṭṭī
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Historical Examples of tattie

  • And once he let Tattie and me try to row, but I 'caught a crab' and dropped the oar.

  • "She's been longing and yearning to seize the reins and drive the coach ever since she came," commented Tattie.

  • I know you go creeping into Tattie's bed when you think I'm asleep, and you daren't walk upstairs alone.

  • "Mr. Greenhalgh has tried, and says he can't hear of one anywhere," lamented Tattie.

  • "Mither, Rob's taken twa sups of milk to yae bite o' tattie," little Mary would say.

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British Dictionary definitions for tattie



noun plural -ties

a Scot or dialect word for potato


adjective -tier or -tiest

mainly British worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt
Derived Formstattily, adverbtattiness, noun

Word Origin for tatty

C16: of Scottish origin, probably related to Old English tættec a tatter
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Word Origin and History for tattie



1510s, "tangled or matted" (of hair), Scottish, probably related to Old English tættec "a rag" (see tatter). Sense of "tattered, ragged, shabby" first recorded 1933.

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