American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Torn into shreds; ragged.
- adj. Having ragged clothes; dressed in tatters.
- adj. Shabby or dilapidated.
- adj. Disordered or disrupted.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rent in tatters; torn; hanging in rags.
- Dilapidated; showing gaps or breaks; jagged; broken.
- Dressed in tatters or rags; ragged.
- adj. rent in tatters, torn, hanging in rags; ragged
- adj. dressed in tatters or rags; ragged
- adj. obsolete dilapidated; showing gaps or breaks; jagged; broken
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of tatter.
- adj. ruined or disrupted
- adj. worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing
- From Middle English tatered, tatird, from tatter + -ed. Originally it was derived from the noun, but later it was treated as a past participle implying a verb. Compare tatter. (Wiktionary)
“He cited the recent example of a Columbia Heights Station escalator that bore what he described as a tattered banner referring to repair dates in 2009.”
“And they denounce what they called the tattered shroud of mandatory celibacy.”
“We could wind up with a country where nothing is manufactured but guns, and we'll be standing around in tattered loincloths, freezing and unshod next to our rusting out-of-gas SUV's clutching our empty black rifles.”
“It's like when he went to Beijing to cover the Olympics and wrote a column about how the government had cleared away the poor and tattered from the streets (or something along those lines, the memory blurs).”
“From the oak tree by the kitchen door, in tattered, weatherbeaten garments, hung the bodies of two men.”
“They covered me in tattered fabrics, slid a bonnet around my head to shade my face and pulled me through the feathers towards my brother.”
“And, like kids watching magicians in tattered top hats, audiences want to believe those myths.”
“An old black man in tattered overalls stepped out from the band of shade cast by the police van.”
“For I have issued the fatwa, and the web of the Spider now hangs in tattered shreds, but before his death he knew this: that his life is fleeting, and we will last forever.”
“Outstretched hands dressed in tattered rags came out from crouching corners.”
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