adjective, taw·ni·er, taw·ni·est.
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|Joanna Eede|July 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Curious rivulets of tawny brown ran here and there as far as the eye could reach.Francisco Our Little Argentine Cousin|Eva Cannon Brooks
Now the snow and ice were gone, and the tawny hue of the prairie was tinged with that perfect emerald of budding spring.The Watchers of the Plains|Ridgewell Cullum
At last he made out a long, tawny shape on a low-lying bough of a tree at the very edge of the forest.The Free Rangers|Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for tawny
- a light brown to brownish-orange colour
- (as adjective)tawny port
Word Origin for tawny
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).