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tattered (ˈtætəd Pronunciation for tattered



  1. ragged or worn   ⇒ a tattered old book
  2. wearing ragged or torn clothing   ⇒ tattered refugees
  3. damaged, defeated, or in disarray   ⇒ he believes he can bring the tattered party together

tatter (ˈtætə Pronunciation for tatter



  1. to make or become ragged or worn to shreds


  1. (plural) torn or ragged pieces, esp of material
  2. See in tatters

Word Origin

C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic töturr rag, Old English tættec, Old High German zæter rag

Translations for 'tattered'

  • British English: tattered If something such as clothing or a book is tattered, it is damaged or torn, especially because it has been used a lot over a long period of time. ADJECTIVEHe fled wearing only a sarong and a tattered shirt.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: esfarrapado
  • Chinese: > 破旧的衣物、书籍等> 破旧舊的
  • European Spanish: estropeado estropeada
  • French: en loques
  • German: zerrissen
  • Italian: sciupato sciupata
  • Japanese: ぼろぼろの
  • Korean: 누더기가 된
  • Portuguese: esfarrapado esfarrapada
  • Spanish: gastado gastada

Example Sentences Including 'tattered'

Age didn't turn silver dollars into tattered rags: they hung about for years.
Richard Fortey THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)
And horses are represented by tattered peasants clacking coconut shells.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
He had a black bandanna tied around his forehead and he was wearing a tattered blue uniform.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes
Pilar was standing outside the house talking to a little boy in a tattered red shirt.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes
Relationships become mathematical equations and a singer under pressure becomes the tattered pages of an ageing book.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
Six months of consecutive croppers have left behind bewildered producers, near-empty halls, tattered reputations and a severe cash crunch.
India Today (1996)
The cloud deck was rendered into a thousand tattered black banners, streaming overhead.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
They are scribbled in the back of a tattered exercise book full of stories about life on a Tasmanian road gang.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)


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