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A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin.
[Probably tattered + -demalion, of unknown meaning.]
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tatterdemalion(ˌtætədɪˈmeɪljən; -ˈmæl-) or
a. a person dressed in ragged clothes
b. (as modifier): a tatterdemalion dress.
[C17: from tatter + -demalion, of uncertain origin]
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tat•ter•de•mal•ion(ˌtæt ər dɪˈmeɪl yən, -ˈmæl-)
1. a person in tattered clothing; shabby person.adj.
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|Noun||1.||tatterdemalion - 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 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"
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