verb (used with object), tanned, tan·ning.
verb (used without object), tanned, tan·ning.
adjective, tan·ner, tan·nest.
Words nearby tan
Idioms for tan
Origin of tan1
OTHER WORDS FROM tantan·na·ble, adjectiveun·tanned, adjectivewell-tanned, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for tan someone's hide (1 of 2)
verb tans, tanning or tanned
adjective tanner or tannest
Derived forms of tantannable, adjectivetannish, adjective
Word Origin for tan
British Dictionary definitions for tan someone's hide (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for tan someone's hide
Idioms and Phrases with tan someone's hide
Also, have someone's hide. Spank or beat someone, as in Dad said he'd tan Billy's hide if he caught him smoking, or I'll have your hide if you take something without paying for it. This term uses hide in the sense of “skin.” The allusion in the first expression is to a spanking that will change one's skin just as chemicals tan animal hide (convert it into leather). [Second half of 1600s]