tatterdemalion









tatterdemalion


noun

  1. a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person.

adjective

  1. ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.

noun

  1. rare
    1. a person dressed in ragged clothes
    2. (as modifier)a tatterdemalion dress

n.“ragged child, person dressed in old clothes,” c.1600, probably from tatter, with fantastic second element, but perhaps also suggested by Tartar, with a contemporary sense of “vagabond, gypsy.”

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