Tatty vs Shabby - What's the difference?

tatty | shabby |

As adjectives the difference between tatty and shabby

is that tatty is dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn while shabby is torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.

As a noun tatty

is (northern england|geordie|slang) potato.




  • (Northern England, Geordie, slang) potato
  • Adjective

  • Dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn
  • The tramp wore a tatty old overcoat.

    See also

    * tatty bye ----




  • Torn or worn; poor; mean; ragged.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=Miss Phyllis Morgan, as the hapless heroine dressed in the shabbiest of clothes, appears in the midst of a gay and giddy throng; she apostrophises all and sundry there, including the villain, and has a magnificent scene which always brings down the house, and nightly adds to her histrionic laurels.}}
    They lived in a tiny apartment, with some old, shabby furniture.
  • Clothed with ragged, much worn, or soiled garments.
  • The fellow arrived looking rather shabby after journeying so far.
  • Mean; paltry; despicable.
  • shabby treatment

    Derived terms

    * shabby-genteel (Webster 1913)