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[suhn-burn] /ˈsʌnˌbɜrn/
inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
verb (used with or without object), sunburned or sunburnt, sunburning.
to affect or be affected with sunburn:
An hour in the sun sunburned me severely. I sunburn easily.
Origin of sunburn
First recorded in 1520-30; sun + burn1
Related forms
unsunburned, adjective
unsunburnt, adjective
well-sunburned, adjective
well-sunburnt, adjective Unabridged
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  • George's colour mounted high in his sunburnt, freckled cheek.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Then, very gently, he laid one sunburnt hand upon her shoulder.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • They had not had time to get sunburnt, as those of fish earlier arrived at Clemente.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • He was sunburnt; but his countenance was noble and manly, and marked with self-reliance.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
  • She looked at the boyish, interested, sunburnt face so near to her own, and hesitated.

    Devil's Ford Bret Harte
  • He was genial and jocose, sunburnt and romantically allusive.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • For instance, that part of his throat which was not sunburnt, because he stooped.

  • A slight flush stained his smooth, sunburnt skin; then he laughed.

    Special Messenger

    Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for sunburnt


inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun Technical name erythema solare
another word for suntan
Derived Forms
sunburnt, sunburned, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sunburnt



1520s, from sun (n.) + burn (v.). Sunburnt (c.1400) is older than sunburned (c.1500, sunne y-brent). As a noun from 1650s.

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sunburnt in Medicine

sunburn sun·burn (sŭn'bûrn')
Inflammation and erythema of the skin, often with blistering, caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of direct sunlight.

sun'burn' v.
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