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tatting

[tat-ing]
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noun
  1. the act or process of making a kind of knotted lace of cotton or linen thread with a shuttle.
  2. such lace.
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Origin of tatting

First recorded in 1835–45; origin uncertain

tat

[tat]
verb (used with or without object), tat·ted, tat·ting.
  1. to do, or make by, tatting.
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Origin of tat

First recorded in 1900–05; back formation from tatting
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Examples from the Web for tatting

Historical Examples

  • Mrs. Harrison reached for her tatting which lay near her book.

    Selina

    George Madden Martin

  • She had her tatting with her and Drusilla saw that she was in for a visitation.

    Drusilla with a Million

    Elizabeth Cooper

  • Sylvie had brought a bit of tatting along, and now took it out.

    Hope Mills

    Amanda M. Douglas

  • We've no time for questions, Evelina, now—go back to your tatting—hey?

    The Tinder-Box

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • You know as much about writing poetry as I do about tatting!

    Skyrider

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for tatting

tatting

noun
  1. an intricate type of lace made by looping a thread of cotton or linen by means of a hand shuttle
  2. the act or work of producing this
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

tat1

verb tats, tatting or tatted
  1. to make (something) by tatting
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

tat2

noun
  1. tatty articles or a tatty condition
  2. tasteless articles
  3. a tangled mass
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Word Origin

C20: back formation from tatty

tat3

noun
  1. short for tattoo 2 (def. 2)
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tat4

noun
  1. See tit for tat
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Word Origin and History for tatting

n.

"making of knotted lace," 1832, of uncertain origin. In French, frivolité.

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tat

v.

1882, "to do tatting," back-formation from tatting.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tatting in Medicine

TAT

abbr.
  1. Thematic Apperception Test
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Idioms and Phrases with tatting

tat

see tit for tat.

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