tatterdemalion

[ tat-er-di-meyl-yuh n, -mal- ]SEE DEFINITION OF tatterdemalion
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Look at that tatterdemalion, and think how came he by such notions.'

There, at the corner near the learned Club-house, halts the tatterdemalion.

The tatterdemalion is quicker still; fled like a guilty thought.

Towards the tatterdemalion the policeman now advances quickly.

With a stern glance Stonor kept the tatterdemalion crowd at bay.

Then let them starve, said I, for I have no sympathy with tatterdemalion pride.

“One that cannot be lightly denied,” said the Tatterdemalion.

It was as though some tatterdemalion had thrust himself into a gathering of dandies.

This tatterdemalion crew of mine is all there is left of my cohorts.

He scowled on the gaudy and tatterdemalion color of the native city.

WORD ORIGIN

"ragged child, person dressed in old clothes," c.1600, probably from tatter, with fantastic second element, but perhaps also suggested by Tartar, with a contemporary sense of "vagabond, gypsy."

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