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tatter (n.)

c. 1400, tatrys (plural) "slashed garments," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse töturr "rags, tatters, tattered garment," cognate with Old English tættec, tætteca "rag, tatter." Related: Tatters.

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Definitions of tatter

tatter (n.)
a small piece of cloth or paper;
Synonyms: rag / shred / tag / tag end
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