A girl wearing tattered jeans.
- The definition of a tatter is a shredded rag or torn piece of clothing.
An example of a tatter is a castaway's clothing after three months on a desert island.
- Tatter is to shred, or leave in rags.
A child tearing up a pair of pants while they play roughly at the park is an example of tatter.
- a torn and hanging shred or piece, as of a garment
- a separate shred or scrap; rag
- torn, ragged clothes
Origin of tatterMiddle English probably ; from Old Norse töturr, rags, tatters, akin to German zotte, tuft ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dā(i)-, to cut out, divide from source tide
- A torn and hanging piece of cloth; a shred.
- tatters Torn and ragged clothing; rags.
tr. & intr.v.tat·tered, tat·ter·ing, tat·ters
Origin of tatterMiddle English tater, of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present tatters, present participle tattering, simple past and past participle tattered)
- To destroy an article of clothing by shredding.
Apparently a back-formation from tattered.