Italian Word of the Day: Trasandato (shabby / sloppy)

An adjective that describes something in poor condition due to neglect or lack of care is trasandato (masculine). The feminine equivalent is trasandata and their respective plurals are trasandati and trasandate.

/tra·ṣan·dà·to/

It is the past participle of the obsolete verb trasandare, which is a combination of the prefix tra(n)s-, meaning across or beyond, and the verb andare (to go).

Trasandato is frequently used in reference to a person’s appearance, particularly someone who dresses in shabby or old clothes.

Che uomo trasandato! Ha le scarpe bucate e la maglietta tutta macchiata.

What a scruffy man! His shoes have holes in them and his shirt is covered in stains.


However it can also denote things that are neglected (e.g. una casa trasandata = a run-down house) or poorly executed (e.g. un lavoro trasandato = a sloppy job).

Io non sopporto più di vivere in questa casa trasandata!

I can’t stand living in this run-down house anymore!


Abandoned Dirty Motorboat in the Marina. Closeup Photo.
Una barca trasandata – A run-down boat

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