tatting; tatted; tats

To tat is to make lace. Tatting involves making loops and tying knots in a long piece of thread over and over again.

Most of the lace made today is created with a machine, and the ability to tat, or make lace by hand, is rare. Tatting requires a lot of silk or cotton thread and either a metal disc called a "shuttle," needles, or a crochet hook. You may also find tat used as a noun to mean "cheap, tasteless stuff," or informally to mean "tattoo," as in "Hey, I love the new tat on your shoulder."

Definitions of tat
  1. verb
    make lacework by knotting or looping
  2. noun
    tastelessness by virtue of being cheap and vulgar
    synonyms: cheapness, sleaze, tackiness
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    type of:
    inelegance indicated by a lack of good taste
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