Definition of tatters in English:


plural noun

  • Irregularly torn pieces of cloth, paper, or other material.

    • ‘Just as some people, apparently servants in rags and tatters, served dinner.’
    • ‘There were photographs stuck to the stone wall, packages with letters, coins, tatters of cloth.’
    • ‘Jonathan Crane, wearing the rags and tatters of his Scarecrow costume, without his mask, is relaxing on a couch, feet up on an endtable.’
    • ‘Other times I want to jump up and down on them until they are in shreds and tatters, cursing the preciosity of it all.’
    • ‘About half a mile from the Desolate Borough's walls, the city dumped the by-products of dyes, tatters of textiles, and every other waste that had no use for.’
    • ‘How many pairs of boots did Carlyon tear to tatters in his researches?’
    • ‘A crowd that clutched parcels of packaged joy had gathered around a joyless, shoeless vagrant who was dressed in newspaper-stuffed tatters.’
    • ‘The few shreds and tatters of pre-1960s culture, I suppose.’
    • ‘Yesterday I bought new shoes, and told the clerk I needed something that would stand up to a great dealing walking the next day without shredding my heel into red tatters.’
    • ‘There were blackened corpses and skeletons scattered among the rocks and wood; just bone, metal, and tatters of rotting flesh rejected or missed by scavengers.’
    • ‘And finally, we found the chamber in which she was kept, spread-eagled against one wall, dressed in rags and tatters of her once-magnificent gown.’
    • ‘He designs his costume, most often resorting to rags and tatters.’
    • ‘Scraps and tatters of the past whirled in my head.’
    • ‘They never would have suspected a spy of any sorts the only person there was an old man from the looks of it sitting in a corner covered from head to foot in old rags and tatters.’
    • ‘How can one say that contemporary theories of Egyptian archeologically based history are nothing more than notions derived from a few rags & tatters?’
    • ‘Song fragments and electronic tatters abound on this album, and at the moments you put out your hand to their allure, Maricich snaps them back with a smirk.’
    • ‘A few bits of bone and tatters of cloth were all that remained of Orhandia.’
    • ‘I twirled the leaf around in my fingers: dry, yellow and brown and brittle, tatters of desiccated material around a skeleton of veins.’
    • ‘His clothes were completely ruined, no more than tatters.’
    • ‘It had certainly seen better days, for now sky could be seen through a large gap in one area of the ceiling and the several colourful tapestries adorning the walls were now no more than tatters.’
    rags, scraps, shreds, bits, pieces, bits and pieces, torn pieces, ragged pieces, ribbons, clippings, fragments
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Late Middle English (also in the singular meaning scrap of cloth): from Old Norse tǫtrar rags.