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

  • adj. Torn into shreds; ragged.
  • adj. Having ragged clothes; dressed in tatters.
  • adj. Shabby or dilapidated.
  • adj. Disordered or disrupted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. rent in tatters, torn, hanging in rags; ragged
  • adj. dressed in tatters or rags; ragged
  • adj. dilapidated; showing gaps or breaks; jagged; broken
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of tatter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rent in tatters; torn; hanging in rags.
  • Dilapidated; showing gaps or breaks; jagged; broken.
  • Dressed in tatters or rags; ragged.

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

  • adj. ruined or disrupted
  • adj. worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing


From Middle English tatered, tatird, from tatter +‎ -ed. Originally it was derived from the noun, but later it was treated as a past participle implying a verb. Compare tatter. (Wiktionary)



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