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adjective, tat·ti·er, tat·ti·est.
  1. cheap or tawdry; vulgar: a tatty production of a Shakespearean play.
  2. shabby or ill-kempt; ragged; untidy: an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains.
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Origin of tatty1

1505–15; tat rag (probably back formation from tatter1) + -y1
Related formstat·ti·ly, adverbtat·ti·ness, noun


or tat·tie

noun, plural tat·ties.
  1. (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.
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Origin of tatty2

First recorded in 1785–95, tatty is from the Hindi word ṭaṭṭī
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adjective -tier or -tiest
  1. mainly British worn out, shabby, tawdry, or unkempt
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Derived Formstattily, adverbtattiness, noun

Word Origin

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

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