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Definitions of tattered

tattered (ˈtætəd



  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



  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'

The cloud deck was rendered into a thousand tattered black banners, streaming overhead.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
Pilar was standing outside the house talking to a little boy in a tattered red shirt.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes
He had a black bandanna tied around his forehead and he was wearing a tattered blue uniform.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes


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