From Middle English tatered, tatird, from Old Norse. Originally, it was derived from the noun, but it was later it 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
- (obsolete) dilapidated; showing gaps or breaks; jagged; broken
ragged and torn
dressed in tatters or rags
- simple past tense and past participle of