tatter


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tat·ter 1

 (tăt′ər)
n.
1. A torn and hanging piece of cloth; a shred.
2. tatters Torn and ragged clothing; rags.
tr. & intr.v. tat·tered, tat·ter·ing, tat·ters
To make or become ragged.

[Middle English tater, of Scandinavian origin.]

tat·ter 2

 (tăt′ər)
n.
One that makes tatting, especially as a livelihood.

tatter

(ˈtætə)
vb
to make or become ragged or worn to shreds
n
1. (plural) torn or ragged pieces, esp of material
2. in tatters
a. torn to pieces; in shreds
b. destroyed or ruined
[C14: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic töturr rag, Old English tættec, Old High German zæter rag]

tat•ter

(ˈtæt ər)

n., v. -tered, -ter•ing. n.
1. a torn piece hanging loose from the main part, as of a garment or flag.
2. a separate torn piece; shred.
3. tatters, torn or ragged clothing.
v.t.
4. to tear or wear to tatters.
v.i.
5. to become ragged.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Old Norse tǫturr rag, tatter; akin to Old English tætteca rag, shred]

tatter

- A scrap of cloth, from Old Norse totrar, "rags"; often used as tatters.
See also related terms for scrap.

tatter


Past participle: tattered
Gerund: tattering

Imperative
tatter
tatter
Present
I tatter
you tatter
he/she/it tatters
we tatter
you tatter
they tatter
Preterite
I tattered
you tattered
he/she/it tattered
we tattered
you tattered
they tattered
Present Continuous
I am tattering
you are tattering
he/she/it is tattering
we are tattering
you are tattering
they are tattering
Present Perfect
I have tattered
you have tattered
he/she/it has tattered
we have tattered
you have tattered
they have tattered
Past Continuous
I was tattering
you were tattering
he/she/it was tattering
we were tattering
you were tattering
they were tattering
Past Perfect
I had tattered
you had tattered
he/she/it had tattered
we had tattered
you had tattered
they had tattered
Future
I will tatter
you will tatter
he/she/it will tatter
we will tatter
you will tatter
they will tatter
Future Perfect
I will have tattered
you will have tattered
he/she/it will have tattered
we will have tattered
you will have tattered
they will have tattered
Future Continuous
I will be tattering
you will be tattering
he/she/it will be tattering
we will be tattering
you will be tattering
they will be tattering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tattering
you have been tattering
he/she/it has been tattering
we have been tattering
you have been tattering
they have been tattering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tattering
you will have been tattering
he/she/it will have been tattering
we will have been tattering
you will have been tattering
they will have been tattering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tattering
you had been tattering
he/she/it had been tattering
we had been tattering
you had been tattering
they had been tattering
Conditional
I would tatter
you would tatter
he/she/it would tatter
we would tatter
you would tatter
they would tatter
Past Conditional
I would have tattered
you would have tattered
he/she/it would have tattered
we would have tattered
you would have tattered
they would have tattered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tatter - a small piece of cloth or papertatter - a small piece of cloth or paper  
piece of cloth, piece of material - a separate part consisting of fabric
pine-tar rag - baseball equipment consisting of a rag soaked with pine tar; used on the handle of a baseball bat to give a batter a firm grip

tatter

noun
Torn and ragged clothing.Used in plural:
rag (used in plural).
Translations
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References in classic literature ?
The roses were crushed and soiled, the tulle all torn, and tarnished some strings of beads that had been gold: a tatter of Chantilly lace hung by a thread: it is another of the relics that I have unearthed in the writing of this narrative.
Poor Lazarus there, chattering his teeth against the curbstone for his pillow, and shaking off his tatters with his shiverings, he might plug up both ears with rags, and put a corn-cob into his mouth, and yet that would not keep out the tempestuous Euroclydon.
HE scrambled out on the first bank he came to, and he hopped home across the meadow with his macintosh all in tatters.
She cannot flee, Since her few tatters scarce suffice to clothe Her shrunken limbs.
The damask cushion, once so splendid, was now squeezed out of all shape, and absolutely in tatters, so many were the ponderous gentlemen who had deposited their weight upon it during these thirty years.
Look at her tatters and rags--the badge of those who lose their virtue.
They could not bear that their dear Leon should love a poor girl without shoes to her feet and dressed all in rags and tatters.
I wonder that I did not have him beaten; but there was something about him that spoke of other things than rags and tatters.
Too high it was for him to reach it, but his teeth closed on the flowing black scarf and tore it to tatters as his weight drew him back to deck.
side turns down Tatter peril stressform fear West of where serpentine
William Butler Yeats wrote, "An aged man is but a paltry thing; a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing; for every tatter in its mortal dress.
SAN FRANCISCO: Google Inc has bought Korean blogging software developer Tatter and Company, the two companies said on Friday.