tatterdemalion


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tat·ter·de·mal·ion

 (tăt′ər-dĭ-māl′yən, -mā′lē-ən)
n.
A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin.
adj.
Ragged; tattered.

[Probably tattered + -demalion, of unknown meaning.]

tatterdemalion

(ˌtætədɪˈmeɪljən; -ˈmæl-) or

tatterdemallion

n
rare
a. a person dressed in ragged clothes
b. (as modifier): a tatterdemalion dress.
[C17: from tatter + -demalion, of uncertain origin]

tat•ter•de•mal•ion

(ˌtæt ər dɪˈmeɪl yən, -ˈmæl-)

n.
1. a person in tattered clothing; shabby person.
adj.
2. ragged.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tatterdemalion - a dirty shabbily clothed urchintatterdemalion - a dirty shabbily clothed urchin  
urchin - poor and often mischievous city child
Adj.1.tatterdemalion - worn to shreds; or wearing torn or ragged clothing; "a man in a tattered shirt"; "the tattered flag"; "tied up in tattered brown paper"; "a tattered barefoot boy"; "a tatterdemalion prince"
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
2.tatterdemalion - in deplorable conditiontatterdemalion - in deplorable condition; "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"
damaged - harmed or injured or spoiled; "I won't buy damaged goods"; "the storm left a wake of badly damaged buildings"

tatterdemalion

noun
A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing:
adjective
Torn into or marked by shreds or tatters:
References in classic literature ?
A TRULY Pious Person who conducted a savings bank and lent money to his sisters and his cousins and his aunts of both sexes, was approached by a Tatterdemalion, who applied for a loan of one hundred thousand dollars.
"One that cannot be lightly denied," said the Tatterdemalion. "I am about to become worth one hundred thousand dollars."
Here, according to his own account, his cavalcade might have been taken for a procession of tatterdemalion savages; for the men were ragged almost to nakedness, and had contracted a wildness of aspect during three years of wandering in the wilderness.
So in truth it was a tatterdemalion crew that limped and straggled and wandered back into Barnesdale that day.
Here were the "picturesque costumes!" This was the "gallant spectacle!" Tatterdemalion vagrants--cheap braggadocio--"Arabian mares" spined and necked like the ichthyosaurus in the museum, and humped and cornered like a dromedary!
Kensington that I'm in town!" replied my tatterdemalion, shooting up and smoothing out into a merely shabby Raffles.
But that a tatterdemalion out of the night should invade the sanctity of her kitchen-kingdom and delay dinner while she set a place for him in the warmest corner, was a matter of such moment that the Sunflower went to see.
Because they could not understand him all these people assumed that it was useless to talk to the old man; that he would never grasp the profundity of their plans, that he would answer with his phrases (which they thought were mere phrases) about a "golden bridge," about the impossibility of crossing the frontier with a crowd of tatterdemalions, and so forth.
There were thirty thousand of us tatterdemalions against eighty thousand swaggerers of Germans--fine tall men and well equipped; I can see them yet.
He reminded us that there are thousands of words in dictionaries and thesauri begging for use yet we insist on relying on mundane prosaic tatterdemalion everyday ones.
Giraut moves deftly between thoughts, stitching one to the next so that they hang together like a daisy chain--the chanso-neta acts as a showpiece for the tatterdemalion effects the clear singing of the trobar leu style could achieve.
Next Harriet Still, accompanied by members of Tatterdemalion, the folkband of the New Hardy Players, gave a presentation on the music in the novel, punctuated by performances in which we were able to hear the songs as Hardy himself knew them and played them, having received his first "squeeze box" at the age of four and accompanying his father at the fireside.