- to convert (a hide) into leather, especially by soaking or steeping in a bath prepared from tanbark or synthetically.
- to make brown by exposure to ultraviolet rays, as of the sun.
- Informal. to thrash; spank.
- to become tanned.
- the brown color imparted to the skin by exposure to the sun or open air.
- yellowish brown; light brown.
- of the color of tan; yellowish-brown.
- used in or relating to tanning processes, materials, etc.
- 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 tan1
Related Words for tannedlash, thrash, cane, hide, spank, beat, punish, flay, baste, paddle, strap, leather, switch, lambaste, wax, strike, hit, whale, whack, belt
Examples from the Web for tanned
Contemporary Examples of tanned
You go for your gold-digger lessons, then you go get waxed and tanned.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
The men are smoking cigars, the women are tanned and bedecked.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
Black plastic sunglasses rest atop his buzzed hair, above a tanned face with sharp features.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild
August 26, 2014
Tanned from his new life in the Dominican Republic, he explained how the various court proceedings had “ruined his life.”The Nightmare End to Amanda Knox’s Fairy Tale
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 6, 2013
Cooled and dried, the wound scarred smooth as tanned leather.On Yom Kippur, Remember My Palestinian Mother
September 10, 2013
Historical Examples of tanned
Herkimer's tanned and swarthy face changed color at this taunt.In the Valley
Did you see that, Fedora, tanned as a roof guard and with that hair!City of Endless Night
Tanned leather is best cleaned with nitrous acid and salts of lemon diluted with water, and afterwards mixed with skimmed milk.
Their skin is tanned to a leathery hue, and is of a texture akin to hide.The Twins of Suffering Creek
Tanned scalps, if kept from moths, may be preserved unmounted for a long time.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
- 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
- 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
- of the colour tantan gloves
- used in or relating to tanning
Word Origin for tan
- tangent (sense 2)
Word Origin and History for tanned
late Old English tannian "to convert hide into leather" (by steeping it in tannin), from Medieval Latin tannare "tan, dye, a tawny color" (c.900), from tannum "crushed oak bark," used in tanning leather, probably from a Celtic source (e.g. Breton tann "oak tree"). The meaning "make brown by exposure to the sun" first recorded 1520s. To tan (someone's) hide in the figurative sense is from 1660s. Related: Tanned; tanning.
"bronze color imparted to skin by exposure to sun," 1749, see tan (v.). As a simple name for a brownish color, in any context, it is recorded from 1888. The adjective tan "of the color of tanned leather" is recorded from 1660s.
- Abbreviation of tangent