tatter rhymes very near to torture...and think of physically tortured or student in college whose all clothes are torn into pieces.....
sounds like "futt er" means torn cloth.
Tatter and Batter (to bash up or be bashed) are rhyming words. The thief's clothes were absolutely tattered because the policemen had battered him up very badly.
remember TATOO... to apply a tatoo ,u need to tatter ur clothes.
tatter sounds like scatter PIECES OF CLOTH OR PAPER
in hindi it sounds like "tittar-bhittar" means destroyed completely into pieces
Think superlative degree of tato is tatter a sticker.