- of a dark yellowish or dull yellowish-brown color.
- a shade of brown tinged with yellow; dull yellowish brown.
Origin of tawny
Examples from the Web for tawny
I asked, watching buzzards, white-backed vultures, and tawny eagles corkscrew skyward on thermals.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot
July 9, 2013
He glowered at his fate, and tugged his tawny moustache for some time in silence.Viviette
William J. Locke
Then on the other side the windows glistened with the tawny glow of gold.The Fat and the Thin
The stem is short, hairy, tawny; sometimes the stem is almost obsolete.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
There could be no doubt of his identity, with the light on his strong face and tawny hair.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
In the centre of the table was a huge birthday cake for Tawny Adonis.The Gorgeous Girl
- a light brown to brownish-orange colour
- (as adjective)tawny port
Word Origin and History for tawny
"tan-colored," late 14c., from Anglo-French tauné "associated with the brownish-yellow of tanned leather," from Old French tané (12c.), past participle of taner "to tan hides," from Medieval Latin tannare (see tan).