One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tattered or dilapidated.
- ‘In the haphazard tatterdemalion surroundings of sheds and abandoned industrial buildings, the new centre stands out as an organized oasis.’
- ‘The Web sites supporting ‘The Living Wage Movement’ have a tatterdemalion, homemade feel to them.’
- ‘And a circus happens where and whenever some tatterdemalion body discards itself in leaps and somersaults.’
- ‘Al's tatterdemalion figure was washed out in a psychedelic rainbow as Sam Beckett leaped again.’
- ‘They began with a tatterdemalion parade of musicians and baton twirlers down the aisle and onto the stage.’
A person in tattered clothing.
mischievous child, imp, monkey, puck, rascal, rogue, minx, mischief-maker, prankster, tearawayView synonyms
- ‘In a free society, why should anyone stand in the way of another person's transformation from tatterdemalion to goddess?’
Early 17th century: from tatters or tattered: ending unexplained.
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