- the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.
- a pattern, picture, legend, etc., so made.
- to mark (the skin) with tattoos.
- to put (tattoos) on the skin.
Origin of tattoo2
Examples from the Web for tattooed
Within a concentration camp, would someone make a joke about the number, the tattooed number?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
The online community of tattooed pin-up models turned 13 this year.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
Eyes red and prison muscles bulging, a tattooed white man behind me jumped to his feet from a crouch and swatted me aside.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
After the show, she told me ‘This song is my life, so I had it tattooed on my foot.’This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey
September 10, 2014
The portrait, titled Amy Jade, depicts the tattooed songstress with her signature beehive hairstyle in a yellow dress.Who Is Bambi, the Artist Behind Kim Kardashian’s Wedding-Gift Portrait?
June 4, 2014
In addition to Joe Brown's identification, they had found a "W" tattooed on his arm.Australia Revenged
Tattooed in scars on the chests of the tars with a brand like the brand of Cain.The Battle of the Bays
Another fact worthy of mention is the extent to which criminals are tattooed.Criminal Man
They are not tattooed, always use the sumpitan, and have a peculiar dialect.
Subsequently to our interview he sent me a tattooed Dyak, the first I had seen.
- (formerly) a signal by drum or bugle ordering the military to return to their quarters
- a military display or pageant, usually at night
- any similar beating on a drum, etc
- to make (pictures or designs) on (the skin) by pricking and staining with indelible colours
- a design made by this process
- the practice of tattooing
Word Origin and History for tattooed
"signal," 1680s, "signal calling soldiers or sailors to quarters at night," earlier tap-to (1644, in order of Col. Hutchinson to garrison of Nottingham), from Dutch taptoe, from tap "faucet of a cask" (see tap (n.1)) + toe "shut." So called because police used to visit taverns in the evening to shut off the taps of casks. Transferred sense of "drumbeat" is recorded from 1755. Hence, Devil's tattoo "action of idly drumming fingers in irritation or impatience" (1803).
"pigment design in skin," 1769 (noun and verb, both first attested in writing of Capt. Cook), from a Polynesian noun (e.g. Tahitian and Samoan tatau, Marquesan tatu "puncture, mark made on skin").
"mark the skin with pigment," 1769; see tattoo (n.2). Related: Tattooed; tattooing.
- A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.
- To mark the skin with a tattoo.
- To form a tattoo on the skin.