tattered

[ tat-erd ]SEE DEFINITION OF tattered

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TATTERED

After coming out of the press, how many have handled this tattered volume?

The lad had never previously worn anything but a tattered blouse.

I then held out to her the pamphlet, in all its tattered condition.

Everything we had was tattered and torn; and had to be patched and repaired somehow.

The Italian fingered his tattered hat, his eyes on the ground.

Who could have thought that tattered coatHad been a robe of state!

As he said this, he snatched up his tattered old cap and made for the door.

For bandages there were strips from the tattered shirts of both men.

A tattered flag was flying beside them, but its nationality could not be discerned.

He drew forth a creased, yellowed, tattered, time-eaten paper.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "clad in slashed garments," from Old Norse toturr "rag," cognate with Old English tættec, tætteca "rag, tatter," Low German tater "tatter." The noun is attested from c.1400.

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