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tawny

[ taw-nee ]
/ ˈtɔ ni /
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adjective, taw·ni·er, taw·ni·est.

of a dark yellowish or dull yellowish-brown color.

noun

a shade of brown tinged with yellow; dull yellowish brown.

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Origin of tawny

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English tauny, from Anglo-French taune, from Middle French tané, past participle of taner “to tan”; see tan1

OTHER WORDS FROM tawny

taw·ni·ly, adverbtaw·ni·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tawny

tawny

tawney

/ (ˈtɔːnɪ) /

noun

  1. a light brown to brownish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective)tawny port

Derived forms of tawny

tawniness, noun

Word Origin for tawny

C14: from Old French tané, from taner to tan 1
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