AskDefine | Define tatty

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tatty adj
1 showing signs of wear and tear; "a ratty old overcoat"; "shabby furniture"; "an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains" [syn: moth-eaten, ratty, shabby]
2 tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tawdry, trashy] [also: tattiest, tattier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. In the context of "Northern English dialect|Geordie|slang": potato


  1. Dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn
    The tramp wore a tatty old overcoat.

See also



sco-noun tatties

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

base, common, dowdy, down-at-heel, down-at-the-heels, frayed, frazzled, full of holes, holey, in rags, in shreds, in tatters, mean, paltry, patchy, poor, ragged, raggedy, ratty, rubbishy, scruffy, seedy, shabby, shoddy, sleazy, tacky, tattered, torn, trashy
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