Tarzan

[ tahr-zuh n, -zan ]
/ ˈtɑr zən, -zæn /
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noun

the hero of a series of jungle stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
a person of superior or superhuman physical strength, agility, and prowess.
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Tarzan

/ (ˈtɑːzən) /

noun

(sometimes not capital) informal, often ironic a man with great physical strength, agility, and virility

Word Origin for Tarzan

C20: after the hero of a series of stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Word Origin and History for tarzan

Tarzan


name of character in a series of novels by U.S. fiction writer Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), introduced 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for tarzan (1 of 2)

Tarzan


A character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the early twentieth century. Tarzan, born to aristocratic parents but orphaned in Africa, is raised by apes, who teach him to speak their language.

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The adventures of Tarzan have been chronicled in countless books, comic strips, animated cartoons, radio and television series, and motion pictures.

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By extension, a “Tarzan” is a macho male, figuratively thumping his chest to get attention.

Culture definitions for tarzan (2 of 2)

Tarzan


A character in popular novels by the twentieth-century American author Edgar Rice Burroughs. (See under “Mythology and Folklore.”)

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