Adjective "tatty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Worn and shabby; in poor condition.
  1. 'To this day I'd rather walk around in a tatty shirt than break out the needle and thread to fix it myself.'
  2. 'He looked dishevelled in old, crumpled clothes, his hair matted and his lips cracking, his tatty shirt a poor defence against the biting cold.'
  3. 'In a country where even the hospitals are usually freshly painted, visitors would report on how tatty Nasa facilities always looked, complete with ‘rusting pipes and crumbling concrete’.'
  4. 'In front is a tatty metal-roofed house on stilts with walls of thin, holey plywood daubed in graffiti.'
  5. 'The action takes place in a tatty, family-run city hotel managed by Helena (Mercedes Morán) who is currently seething at the news that her ex-husband has just fathered twins by his new wife.'
  6. 'Bookshop rummaging this afternoon, ended up with the exchange of $4.50 for a dog-eared tatty copy of Motel Chronicles & Hawk Moon by Sam Shepard.'
  7. 'We are very short of space and ideally I would like to knock down this tatty building and start again.'
  8. 'It needs to look at infrastructure and the streets of tatty old ex-boarding houses.'
  9. 'A tatty, threadbare curtain rises to the accompaniment of a circus drum-roll.'
  10. 'The furniture is tatty and the books looked about as appetising as goods in a car boot sale.'
  11. 'the generally tatty output of the current Celtic revival'
  12. 'Tweed, tatty hair-cuts, lots of comb-overs, ruddy cheeks, red fleshy ears and the most enormous blue velour rosettes abound.'


1. cheap or tawdry; vulgar: a tatty production of a Shakespearean play.

2. shabby or ill-kempt; ragged; untidy: an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains.

More examples(as adjective)

"uniforms can be tatty."

"rooms can be tatty."

"people can be tatty."

"jumpers can be tatty."

"curtains can be tatty."

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(tatty)Early 16th century (originally Scots, in the sense ‘tangled, matted, shaggy’): apparently ultimately related to Old English tættec ‘rag’, of Germanic origin; compare with tattered.