[ suhn-burn ]
See synonyms for: sunburnsunburnedsunburnt on

  1. 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.
  1. 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

Other words from sunburn

  • un·sun·burned, adjective
  • un·sun·burnt, adjective
  • well-sunburned, adjective
  • well-sunburnt, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sunburn in a sentence

  • Michael and Alan were in their element during that sunburnt hour of cricket before afternoon school.

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  • "Allow me," says a pleasant-voiced sunburnt man as he stoops to remove some of his things to make room for us.

British Dictionary definitions for sunburn


/ (ˈsʌnˌbɜːn) /

  1. inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to the sun: Technical name: erythema solare

  2. another word for suntan

Derived forms of sunburn

  • sunburnt or sunburned, adjective

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