from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To do tatting or produce (something) by tatting.
  • n. A gene in the AIDS virus that stimulates the host cell to replicate genetic components of the virus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. cheap and vulgar tastelessness; sleaze
  • n. cheap, tasteless, useless goods; trinkets
  • n. a form of looped and knotted lace needlework made from a single thread; often used to refer to academic or liturgical dress
  • n. A tattoo
  • v. To make (something by) tatting.
  • n. A pony.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Gunny cloth made from the fiber of the Corchorus olitorius, or jute.
  • n. A pony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To entangle.
  • To make (trimming) by tatting.
  • To work at or make tatting.
  • To touch gently.
  • A dialectal variant of that.
  • To gather rags.
  • n. Dad; father.
  • n. A rag.
  • n. In India, cloth or matting made from different fibers; especially, gunny-cloth.
  • n. A pony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar
  • v. make lacework by knotting or looping
  • n. a projective technique using black-and-white pictures; subjects tell a story about each picture


Probably back-formation from tatting.
t(rans)a(c)t(ivator) (gene).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi (Wiktionary)



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  • I know tat when I see it and have a devil of a time articulating. Any takers? (No points for quoting a dictionary).

    June 16, 2009