tatty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tatty tastelessly showy "a flash car","a flashy ring","garish colors","a gaudy costume","loud sport shirts","a meretricious yet stylish book","tawdry ornaments"
    • adj tatty showing signs of wear and tear "a ratty old overcoat","shabby furniture","an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tatty A mat or screen of fibers, as of the kuskus grass, hung at a door or window and kept wet to moisten and cool the air as it enters.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tatty Same as tauted.
    • n tatty An East Indian matting made from the fiber of the cuscus-grass, which has a pleasant fragrance. It is used especially for hangings to fill door- and window-openings during the season of the hot dry winds, when it is always kept wet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tatty tat′i an East Indian screen or mat made of the roots of the fragrant cuscus-grass, with which door or window openings are filled up in the season of hot winds.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. ṭaṭṭī,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hind. tātī.

Usage

In literature:

They get worse every year, and syne we'll have no tatties for the winter, let alone other vegetables.
"The Scotch Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Jacopo Tatti was a genius of more distinction.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
Suppose she suggested moving to some titty-tatty little flat.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
Adoi I putched a boro chillico to latch mandy a curro o' tatti panni, but it jalled avree paul' the waver.
"The English Gipsies and Their Language" by Charles G. Leland
Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse both lived in a house.
"English Fairy Tales" by Flora Annie Steel
There's yer faither's fit on the stair, an' the tatties no' ready, but they'll be saft in a jiffy.
"The Guinea Stamp" by Annie S. Swan
There I found my Hindoo bearer, standing with a tattie in his hand.
"Animal Ghosts" by Elliott O'Donnell
Titty Mouse went a-leasing and Tatty Mouse went a-leasing, So they both went a-leasing.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
Sandy was lookin' gey raised like, so I lut him get on a' his tatties an' said naething.
"My Man Sandy" by J. B. Salmond
His party consisted of himself, his daughter Pet, and his daughter's servant called Tatty-coram.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Gie me some mair tatties an' mulk, it'll quiet me maybe.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
But on the present occasion the champing of the tatties had an unwonted effect on Mr Sudberry.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
Last term she and I and Magsie and Tattie were in Dormitory 4.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
Sansovino's most important pupil was JACOPO TATTI, who, on account of his master, is called JACOPO SANSOVINO (1477-1570).
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
They mind me o' last year's early tatties.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Titty Mouse made a pudding, and Tatty Mouse made a pudding, So they both made a pudding.
"The Nursery Rhymes of England" by Various
But I'm daft, sittin' clatterin' here an' the tatties at the sypein'.
"Betty Grier" by Joseph Waugh
Jacopo Tatti Sansovino of Florence was the architect of many noble buildings in Venice.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
Tatties Biled an' Champit.
"Literary Byways" by William Andrews
Then Tatty set up the wail.
"Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes" by Lina Eckenstein
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In poetry:

Whan big penny weddin's were held in the hoose,
O! then Luckie Gairner grew cantie an' crouse;
She dish'd up the kail, wi' the tatties an' beef;
An' 'mang toddy brewers she aye was the chief.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
A drap parritch an' milk, wi' tatties an' saut—
Wi' that the puir weaver ne'er faund muckle faut,
A coarse cutty coat, wi' a short-goon an' brat,
Was a' the wife's cleedin', an' thankfu' for that.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Gone is the tatty eyesore that limped regularly on and off the Met's stage.
Tattie is a small, shy dog.
The Jackson County Animal shelter says that when encountering dogs like Tattie , sometimes the usual greeting of sticking out your hand for a dog to sniff can be viewed as too aggressive.
The Oscar Post-Game: Sasha Cohen, Geena, Kimmel's Tatty Couch.
But rather than the standard sheep's stomach served with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes), this version is a little different.
Walter Kaiser was Director of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence from 1988 to 2002.
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