- clime; climate.
- glory; splendor.
- a day.
- a year.
verb (used with object), sunned, sun·ning.
verb (used without object), sunned, sun·ning.
Origin of sun
Related Words for sunningswimsuit, bikini, lounge, relax, laze, loll, sunbathe, toast, grill, thaw, ignite, sear, melt, warm, roast, broil, bake, steam, boil, reheat
Examples from the Web for sunning
Contemporary Examples of sunning
He was, as the world now knows, sunning himself in France beside his topless wife and rubbing suncream into her lower back.Were Kate Pics An 'Inside Job'?
September 24, 2012
Historical Examples of sunning
She was sunning herself with other convalescents before the door.Gloria and Treeless Street
Annie Hamilton Donnell
My respected uncle is sure to be sunning his waistcoat in Piccadilly.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The next-door pussy was sunning herself in the Wrights' yard.The Goody-Naughty Book
Sarah Cory Rippey
Enormous alligators were often met with, sunning themselves on the sand-bars.
He was sunning himself, after the cold night, and he must have been asleep when Antonia screamed.My Antonia
verb suns, sunning or sunned
Word Origin for sun
Old English sunne, from Proto-Germanic *sunnon (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German sunna, Middle Dutch sonne, Dutch zon, German Sonne, Gothic sunno), from PIE *s(u)wen- (cf. Avestan xueng "sun," Old Irish fur-sunnud "lighting up"), alternative form of root *saewel- "to shine, sun" (see Sol).
Old English sunne was fem., and the fem. pronoun was used until 16c.; since then masc. has prevailed. The empire on which the sun never sets (1630) originally was the Spanish, later the British. To have one's place in the sun (1680s) is from Pascal's "Pensées"; the German imperial foreign policy sense (1897) is from a speech by von Bülow.
1510s, "to set something in the sun," from sun (n.). Meaning "to expose oneself to the sun" is recorded from c.1600. Sun-bathing is attested from c.1600.
In addition to the idiom beginning with sun
- sun belt
- sunny side
- everything but the kitchen sink (under the sun)
- make hay while the sun shines
- nothing new under the sun
- place in the sun