- in tatters; torn and ragged
- wearing torn and ragged clothes
Origin of tatteredMiddle English tatered
- Torn into shreds; ragged.
- Having ragged clothes; dressed in tatters.
- a. Shabby or dilapidated.b. Disordered or disrupted.
- Simple past tense and past participle of tatter.
From Middle English tatered, tatird, from Old Norse. Originally, it was derived from the noun, but it was later it reanalysed as a past participle, (tatter +"Ž -ed), whereafter the verb came into being. Compare tatter.