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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
hadr
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