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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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  • His fat and sunburnt hands, with their short nails, contrasted strangely with his costume.

    Abb Aubain and Mosaics Prosper Mrime
  • The child was thin and pale, her skin was sunburnt, but her eyes shone with intelligence.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • Her skin was of the hue and smoothness of crudded cream, where not sunburnt to the brown of the wallflower.

  • sunburnt hands should be washed in lime water or lemon juice.

  • I remember, at Melbourne, when he broke in upon Dick and me, a sunburnt wild man from out the Australian bush.

  • He was sunburnt; but his countenance was noble and manly, and marked with self-reliance.

    Winning His Way Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Then, very gently, he laid one sunburnt hand upon her shoulder.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • He was genial and jocose, sunburnt and romantically allusive.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
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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