tawny

[ taw-nee ]
/ ˈtɔ ni /

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.

Origin of tawny

1350–1400; Middle English tauny < Anglo-French taune < Middle French tané, past participle of taner to tan1

Related forms

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

tawniness, noun

Word Origin for tawny

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