[ suhn-burn ]
/ ˈsʌnˌbɜrn /


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.


Nearby words

  1. sunbittern,
  2. sunblock,
  3. sunbonnet,
  4. sunbow,
  5. sunbreak,
  6. sunburned,
  7. sunburst,
  8. sunburst pleats,
  9. sunbury,
  10. sunbury-on-thames

Origin of sunburn

First recorded in 1520–30; sun + burn1

Related formsun·sun·burned, adjectiveun·sun·burnt, adjectivewell-sun·burned, adjectivewell-sun·burnt, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sunburnt

British Dictionary definitions for sunburnt


/ (ˈsʌnˌbɜːn) /


inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sunTechnical name: erythema solare
another word for suntan
Derived Formssunburnt or 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sunburnt


[ sŭnbûrn′ ]


Inflammation and erythema of the skin, often with blistering, caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of direct sunlight.
Related formssunburn′ v.

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