Definitions starting with T

ID #4627


; tatty ; tarry [cf. Belize taatish tasting not quite right (Dayley); cf. OED tart sour and -y forming adj. (or possibly -EE), TATTY by vowel shortening and TARRY by rhotacism] adj. 1. (of sour fruit) astringent; causing the mouth to pucker:  I ain' like that grapefruit. It too tatty (Nassau).

2. (of the mouth) puckered, as froom eating sour fruit: The gooseberry make my mouth all tatty (Nassau).

-v. usually tarty up phr. (of sour fruit) to cause (the mouth) to pucker: Dem kinep ain ripe -dey goin' tart up you mout' (Eleu.). = TIE UP

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Last update: 2011-08-29 01:27
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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