- a person whose occupation it is to tan hides.
Origin of tanner1
- comparative of tan1.
- British Slang. a sixpenny piece.
Origin of tanner3
- Henry Os·sa·wa [os-uh-wuh] /ˈɒs ə wə/, 1859–1937, U.S. painter, in France after 1891.
- 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
Examples from the Web for tanner
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Sudden cardiac death, which Tanner suffered, strikes 350,000 people a year, killing nine of 10 victims.
Tanner was 52 when he collapsed, exercised regularly, and ate what he considered to be a healthy diet.
“I have seen this quoted back to me,” Tanner said in an interview Monday.Michele Bachmann, Shockingly, Gets Food Stamps All Wrong
March 20, 2013
At Slate, Tanner Colby does the experiment with Woodward's biography of John Belushi.Bob Woodward's Journalism
March 12, 2013
And he gave the Tanner a crack that made him roar for all his coughing.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
But the tanner had put on a high silk hat, so as to look a little taller.The Great Hunger
Tanner could not bridge the chasm between himself and his daughter.
In the interim Tanner walked to where Schofield stood, silent.
“One of the family,” muttered Tanner, his thoughts still busy.
- a person who tans skins and hides
- British (formerly) an informal word for sixpence
- 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
- tangent (sense 2)
Word Origin and History for tanner
"sixpence," slang word first recorded 1811, of unknown origin. J.C. Hotten, lexicographer of Victorian slang, thinks it may be from tanner and skin, rhyming slang for "thin," presumably in reference to the smallness of the coin. Not to be confused with tenner, slang for "ten pound note," which dates from 1861.
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