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ˈtæt ərdtat·tered

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tattered, tatterdemalionadjective

    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"

  2. shattered, tatteredadjective

    ruined or disrupted

    "our shattered dreams of peace and prosperity"; "a tattered remnant of its former strength"; "my torn and tattered past"


  1. tatteredadjective

    rent in tatters, torn, hanging in rags; ragged

  2. tatteredadjective

    dressed in tatters or rags; ragged

  3. tatteredadjective

    dilapidated; showing gaps or breaks; jagged; broken

  4. Etymology: From tatered, tatird, from. Originally it was derived from the noun, but later it was treated as a past participle implying a verb. Compare tatter.


  1. tattered

    Tattered refers to something that is old, worn out, torn, or damaged, usually due to continuous use or lack of care. It could refer to items like clothing, books, flags, etc. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a worn out or exhausted state of mind or physical condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tattered

    of Tatter

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tattered in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tattered in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of tattered in a Sentence

  1. Gloria DeHaven:

    Chaplin needed two kids to play Paulette Goddard's ragamuffin sisters, all we had to do was wear tattered clothes, eat bananas and do big takes. I thought, 'If this is show business, count me in.'.

  2. William Butler Yeats:

    An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick.

  3. Danish proverb:

    Under a tattered cloak you will generally find a good drinker.

  4. Caecilius Statius:

    Wisdom oft lurks beneath a tattered coat.

  5. Michelle Manhart:

    It was tattered and torn, covered with mud and dirt, i told the demonstrators that it needed to be properly disposed of.

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    an event in which one thing is substituted for another
    A deterioration
    B permutation
    C purse
    D empire

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