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tatty

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[ tat-ee ]
/ ˈtæt i /
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adjective, tat·ti·er, tat·ti·est.
cheap or tawdry; vulgar: a tatty production of a Shakespearean play.
shabby or ill-kempt; ragged; untidy: an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains.
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Origin of tatty

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1505–15; tat rag (probably back formation from tatter1) + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM tatty

tat·ti·ly, adverbtat·ti·ness, noun

Other definitions for tatty (2 of 2)

tatty2

or tat·tie

[ tat-ee ]
/ ˈtæt i /

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

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First recorded in 1785–95, tatty is from the Hindi word ṭaṭṭī
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British Dictionary definitions for tatty

tatty
/ (ˈtætɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest
mainly British worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt

Derived forms of tatty

tattily, adverbtattiness, noun

Word Origin for tatty

C16: of Scottish origin, probably related to Old English tættec a tatter
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