Definition of tatterdemalion:
derelict, ratty, deserted, beat-up, scruffy, sleazy, abandoned, ragged, mean, seedy, ragamuffin, tacky, delinquent, neglectful, flea-bitten, scarecrow, tumbledown, damaged, ragtag, ramshackle, dilapidated, broken-down, grungy, timeworn, neglected, tatty, woebegone, remiss, shattered, run-down, mangy, creaky, draggled, better, rich, worn, bedraggled, unsound, dog-eared, decrepit, dumpy, down-at-the-heels, bombed-out, tumble-down, tattered, scrubby, raggedy, miserable, moth-eaten, threadbare.
- "The Man with a Shadow", George Manville Fenn.
The house, on his arrival, seemed in some confusion, as if a catastrophe had happened in the family; and the servants clustered together in the hall, and were unable, or perhaps not altogether anxious, to suppress their merriment at the tatterdemalion figure of the secretary.- "New-Arabian-Nights", Stevenson, Robert Louis.
The Boy at the open window above, staring down on the tatterdemalion throng, remembered his first meeting with the Big Chimney men as the Washington City steamed out of San Francisco's Golden Gate a year and a month before.- "The Magnetic North", Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond).