- the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.
- a pattern, picture, legend, etc., so made.
- to mark (the skin) with tattoos.
- to put (tattoos) on the skin.
Origin of tattoo2
Examples from the Web for tattooer
Historical Examples of tattooer
Page 188Then the tattooer pricks the skin through the design.
But let us suppose that you, my dear sir, are one of those seventy thousand subscribers and are by profession a tattooer.Hints to Pilgrims
Charles Stephen Brooks
He was a little man, with a high massive head, and remarkably high square forehead, on which the tattooer had exhausted his art.Old New Zealand
Earl of Pembroke.
In one place I found a tattooer working on a boy; and he asked to tattoo me, but to his great disappointment, I refused.Through the South Seas with Jack London
When the tattooer finished his work he turned to his friend, and said: “Now you tattoo me beautifully, too.”
- (formerly) a signal by drum or bugle ordering the military to return to their quarters
- a military display or pageant, usually at night
- any similar beating on a drum, etc
Word Origin for tattoo
- to make (pictures or designs) on (the skin) by pricking and staining with indelible colours
- a design made by this process
- the practice of tattooing
Word Origin for tattoo
"signal," 1680s, "signal calling soldiers or sailors to quarters at night," earlier tap-to (1644, in order of Col. Hutchinson to garrison of Nottingham), from Dutch taptoe, from tap "faucet of a cask" (see tap (n.1)) + toe "shut." So called because police used to visit taverns in the evening to shut off the taps of casks. Transferred sense of "drumbeat" is recorded from 1755. Hence, Devil's tattoo "action of idly drumming fingers in irritation or impatience" (1803).
"pigment design in skin," 1769 (noun and verb, both first attested in writing of Capt. Cook), from a Polynesian noun (e.g. Tahitian and Samoan tatau, Marquesan tatu "puncture, mark made on skin").
"mark the skin with pigment," 1769; see tattoo (n.2). Related: Tattooed; tattooing.
- A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.
- To mark the skin with a tattoo.
- To form a tattoo on the skin.