- 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.
Origin of tatty1
- (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 tatty2
Related Words for tattybedraggled, broken-down, crummy, decayed, decaying, decrepit, deteriorated, dilapidated, dingy, disreputable, faded, mangy, moth-eaten, pitiful, poverty-stricken, ragged, ramshackle, ratty, rickety, run-down
Examples from the Web for tatty
Contemporary Examples of tatty
Amidst the detritus of old amplifiers, beaten up electric guitars and drum kits was a tatty white plastic bag.The Lost Madonna Tapes
October 20, 2008
Historical Examples of tatty
Then Tatty sat down and wept, and a three-legged stool said: "Tatty, why do you weep?"
Then Tatty sat down and wept; then a three-legged stool said: "Tatty, why do you weep?"Children's Literature
Charles Madison Curry
Titty and Tatty are among the many rhyming compounds of which the meaning is no longer clear.Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes
"Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse" also ends in a universal calamity which seems to arise from a cause of no great importance.English Fairy Tales
Titty Mouse went a-gleaning, and Tatty Mouse went a-gleaning.English Fairy Tales
Flora Annie Steel
- mainly British worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt
Word Origin for tatty
Word Origin and History for tatty
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.