Definition of "tatter" [tat•ter]

  • A torn and hanging piece of cloth; a shred. (noun)
  • Torn and ragged clothing; rags. (noun)
  • To make or become ragged. (verb-transitive)
  • One that makes tatting, especially as a livelihood. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tatter" in a sentence
  • "All things tatter and fade like a garment; You cast them off like a change of clothes."
  • "Her cane, made from a tatter umbrella, rights her slender body as best it can, but still she stumbles on the uneven path."
  • "Yeats had his own solution: "An aged man is but a paltry thing, /A tattered coat upon a stick, unless /Soul clap hands and sing, and louder sing / For every tatter in its mortal dress.""