from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Somewhat worn, shabby, or dilapidated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. potato
- adj. Dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing signs of wear and tear
- adj. tastelessly showy
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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