inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun or a sunlamp.
verb (used with or without object), sun·burned or sun·burnt, sun·burn·ing.
to affect or be affected with sunburn: An hour in the sun sunburned me severely. I sunburn easily.
Origin of sunburn
Related formsun·sun·burned, adjectiveun·sun·burnt, adjectivewell-sun·burned, adjectivewell-sun·burnt, adjective
First recorded in 1520–30; sun
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Some of their necks and cheeks were peeling, as if from sunburn.
The touch of sunburn, too, was becoming, for she didn't freckle.
Seth colored, under his coat of sunburn, and seemed embarrassed.
Nor could she be certain that his coloring was due to sunburn.
His face was thin and the sunburn faded, as though he had been ill.
British Dictionary definitions for sunburn
Derived Formssunburnt or sunburned, adjective
inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sunTechnical name: erythema solare
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Word Origin and History for sunburn
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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Related formssun′burn′ v.
Inflammation and erythema of the skin, often with blistering, caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of direct sunlight.
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