Main definitions of tat in English

: tat1tat2tat3

tat1

Pronunciation /tat/ /tæt/

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transitive verbtats, tatting, tatted

[with object]
  • Make (a decorative mat or edging) by tying knots in thread and using a small shuttle to form lace.

    ‘she sometimes made dresses in the evening while Momma tatted doilies’
    • ‘We both worked on our respective needlework projects, and I taught Lars to tat lace.’
    • ‘Drawing on her incongruous but irrepressible skills as a housewife, she had tatted lengths of batik, draped bolts of brocade, swathed silk, swagged satin, ruched, ruffed, hemmed and hawed.’
    • ‘I can also tat and crochet laces or other fine works.’
    • ‘‘But I didn't have to make bread,’ she says, sitting at the table tatting lace, ginger-white hair pulled back into a ballet dancer's bun.’
    • ‘True princesses, though, like tatting lace, embroidery, balls, affairs of the state, and so on and so on.’

Origin

Late 19th century back-formation from tatting.

Main definitions of tat in English

: tat1tat2tat3

tat2

Pronunciation /tat/ /tæt/

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noun

informal British
  • Tasteless or shoddy clothes, jewelry, or ornaments.

    • ‘the place was decorated with all manner of gaudy tat’

Origin

Mid 19th century (in the senses ‘rag’ and ‘person in rags’): probably a back-formation from tatty.

Main definitions of tat in English

: tat1tat2tat3

tat3

(also tatt)

Pronunciation /tat/ /tæt/

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noun

informal
  • A tattoo.

    • ‘he wants to get his tats removed’
    • ‘Considering you have decided on a bicep tat the pain shouldn't be too bad.’
    • ‘Firstly I thought I would get a tattoo but figured that the repeated shaving or waxing required to showcase the picture might wear out the tat.’
    • ‘After seeing Cal's tat, I was thinking that maybe I should get one.’
    • ‘The neatest tat I've seen was on a Frenchman's wrist, a smallish cut-along-dotted-line drawing, complete with tiny scissors.’
    • ‘The tat on my forearm was only really painful when it got too close to the elbow on that arm.’
    • ‘The American Society of Dermatological Surgery puts tat regretees at over half, and the British Journal of Dermatology says three-quarters of everybody who gets a tattoo regrets it later.’
    • ‘He's got tats on his giant muscles which he does not cover with a shirt.’
    • ‘Rodriguez doesn't have any tats on his wrist.’
    • ‘The only tatt I've ever been responsible about was my back one.’
    • ‘In about 30 seconds he had done my tatt.’
    • ‘I thought about getting a tatt for eleven years.’
    • ‘He's even got a tatt on his shin.’
    • ‘I have seen some really bad work (tatts) in my life, and I made sure I talked with and researched each artist.’

Pronunciation

tat

/tat/ /tæt/