Nearby words

  1. tampon,
  2. tamponade,
  3. tamponage,
  4. tampur,
  5. tamworth,
  6. tan oak,
  7. tan rot,
  8. tan someone's hide,
  9. tan, amy,
  10. tan-tung

Idioms

    tan someone's hide, Informal. to beat someone soundly: She threatened to tan our hides if she found us on her property again.

Origin of tan

1
before 1000; 1920–25 for def 2; Middle English tannen to make hide into leather, late Old English *tannian (in past participle getanned; cf. tanner1) < Medieval Latin tannāre, derivative of tannum oak bark, tanbark < Germanic; compare Old High German tanna oak, fir, akin to Dutch den fir

Related formstan·na·ble, adjectiveun·tanned, adjectivewell-tanned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tanned

tan

1

noun

the brown colour produced by the skin after intensive exposure to ultraviolet rays, esp those of the sun
a light or moderate yellowish-brown colour
short for tanbark

verb tans, tanning or tanned

to go brown or cause to go brown after exposure to ultraviolet raysshe tans easily
to convert (a skin or hide) into leather by treating it with a tanning agent, such as vegetable tannins, chromium salts, fish oils, or formaldehyde
(tr) slang to beat or flog

adjective tanner or tannest

of the colour tantan gloves
used in or relating to tanning
Derived Formstannable, adjectivetannish, adjective

Word Origin for tan

Old English tannian (unattested as infinitive, attested as getanned, past participle), from Medieval Latin tannāre, from tannum tanbark, perhaps of Celtic origin; compare Irish tana thin

tan

2

abbreviation for

tangent (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for tanned
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Science definitions for tanned

tan

Abbreviation of tangent
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