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Definition of tatty:

  1. 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.


rubbishy, inexpensive, audacious, barefaced, chinchy, brasslike, tasteless, meretricious, threadbare, jazzy, gilded, brazen, gimcrack, bodacious, ratty, scrubby, tacky, rundown, tinny, shabby, flash, sleazy, specious, dingy, showy, bedraggled, moth-eaten, in poor taste, stale, forte, cheesy, mangy, brazen-faced, dilapidated, flashy, dy, cheapjack, sporty, decrepit, better, tawdry, dusty, scruffy, bald-faced, cheap, chintzy, brassy, garish, insolent, punk, down-at-heel, broken-down, gaudy, decaying, trashy, cold, faded, crummy, worn, loud, tattered, mothy, shoddy, bum, all the worse for wear.

Usage examples:

  • The rye kaired paiass kushto and lelled pange cocoanuts, and lelled us to his wardo, and dell'd mandy trin currus of tatty panni, so that I was most matto.

    - "The English Gipsies and Their Language", Charles G. Leland.