From Middle English tatered, tatird, from Old Norse [Term?]. Originally, it was derived from the noun, but it was later reanalysed as a past participle (tatter + -ed), whereafter the verb came into being. Compare tatter.
tattered (not comparable)
- rent in tatters, torn, hanging in rags; ragged
- dressed in tatters or rags; ragged
- 1784, The House that Jack Built, page 8:
- This is the Prieſt all ſhaven and ſhorn, that married the man all tattered and torn[.]
- (obsolete) dilapidated; showing gaps or breaks; jagged; broken
- simple past tense and past participle of
- tattered in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- “tattered”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1989.