American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Somewhat worn, shabby, or dilapidated.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as tauted.
- n. An East Indian matting made from the fiber of the cuscus-grass, which has a pleasant fragrance. It is used especially for hangings to fill door- and window-openings during the season of the hot dry winds, when it is always kept wet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. India A mat or screen of fibers, as of the kuskus grass, hung at a door or window and kept wet to moisten and cool the air as it enters.
- adj. showing signs of wear and tear
- adj. tastelessly showy
- Probably from tat, a rag, shabby person. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And ever since OK! magazine announced that it was to run a warts-and-all account of Britney Spears' photo shoot meltdown, the world has been on the edge of its seat in anticipation of today's OK! magazine, because it had to – it just had to – have a picture of Britney Spears stumbling around out of her mind like some kind of tatty old shit-and-grease-covered redneck zombie.”
“Of course - everybody knows it, but in these days of 'tatty' talent shows, he rarely gets a mention.”
“Strictly Come Dancing: Viewers outraged by tiny and 'tatty' dresses that are cheapening the show”
“What joy that tatty rag brings to an otherwise dull world and a peep into the minds of the distinctly vague and those living in a parallel universe.”
“It shrugged its attackers off, determined to reach some tatty bramble flowers with an appetite as fierce as the buzzard's.”
“The effect is that of a slightly withered, tatty, Miss Havisham-esque hold-all.”
“Meanwhile a tatty but unmolested car is often worth far more than an identical model that has been insensitively or inaccurately restored.”
“I can't quite describe the sensation of opening an envelope to find the tatty, coffee-stained old passport pictures of Education Minister Jane the Hutt.”
“Though emotional and professional success are not prerequisites for being sane and interesting company, there is a very good chance that happily married/partnered dads around 40 who are good at their jobs will have stuff in common, especially if those jobs make them knowledge workers; Bruntsfield's tatty but solid housing stock seems to be an attractor for academics, medics, geeks, designers, artists ...”
“For a refit, we were told, and we went to the pre-sale gathering at Bonhams and saw the 1950s painted panels, the chandeliers, the ormolu light fittings, the fret-worked tables and the lattice chairs, all somehow sadder and more tatty away from their legendary surroundings, marking the end of an era.”
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