tatterdemalion

A ragged fellow, whose clothes hang all in tatters.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Tat`ter*de*mal"ion (?), n. [Tatter + OF. desmaillier to break the meshes of, to tear: cf. OF. maillon long clothes, swadding clothes, F. maillot. See Tatter, and Mail armor.]

A ragged fellow; a ragamuffin.

L'Estrange.

 

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