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  • IPA(key): /ˈtæti/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æti

Etymology 1[edit]

Clipping of potato.


tatty (plural tatties)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England, Tyneside) potato

Etymology 2[edit]

From tatter +‎ -y.


tatty (comparative tattier, superlative tattiest)

  1. Tattered; dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn
    The tramp wore a tatty old overcoat.
    • 2007, Arctic Monkeys, Fluorescent Adolescent, “The Bakery”:
      I wish you would have smiled in the bakery
      Or sat on a tatty settee
      At a mutual friend's gathering
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 67:
      I have arrived to catch the 0830 TfW service to Crewe, worked by a tatty and unrefurbished 175114. As if ashamed of its appearance, it slinks into Platform 2 (instead of Platform 1, where it was expected). No announcement had been made, and we leave without any fanfare.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Hindi [Term?].


tatty (plural tatties)

  1. (India) A woven mat or screen hung at a door or window and kept wet to moisten and cool the air as it enters.

See also[edit]



tatty (plural tatties)

  1. Alternative form of tattie