Tawniest
Tawny Taw"ny, a. [Compar. {Tawnier}; superl. {Tawniest}.] [F. tann['e], p. p. of tanner to tan. See {Tan}, v. t. & n. Cf. {Tenn['e]}.] Of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt; as, tawny Moor or Spaniard; the tawny lion. ``A leopard's tawny and spotted hide.'' --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

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  • tawniest — taw·ny || tɔːnɪ adj. golden brown …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Tawnier — Tawny Taw ny, a. [Compar. {Tawnier}; superl. {Tawniest}.] [F. tann[ e], p. p. of tanner to tan. See {Tan}, v. t. & n. Cf. {Tenn[ e]}.] Of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt; as, tawny Moor or Spaniard;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tawny — Taw ny, a. [Compar. {Tawnier}; superl. {Tawniest}.] [F. tann[ e], p. p. of tanner to tan. See {Tan}, v. t. & n. Cf. {Tenn[ e]}.] Of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt; as, tawny Moor or Spaniard; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tawney — /taw nee/, adj., tawnier, tawniest, n. tawny. * * * …   Universalium

  • tawny — tawnily, adv. tawniness, n. /taw nee/, adj., tawnier, tawniest, n. adj. 1. of a dark yellowish or dull yellowish brown color. n. 2. a shade of brown tinged with yellow; dull yellowish brown. [1350 1400; ME tauny < AF taune < MF tané, ptp. of… …   Universalium

  • tawny — adjective (tawnier, tawniest) of an orange brown or yellowish brown colour. noun tawny colour. Derivatives tawniness noun Origin ME: from OFr. tane, from tan tanbark ; related to tan1 …   English new terms dictionary

  • tawny — UK [ˈtɔːnɪ] / US [ˈtɔnɪ] adjective Word forms tawny : adjective tawny comparative tawnier superlative tawniest between yellow and brown in colour …   English dictionary

  • tawny — /ˈtɔni / (say tawnee) adjective (tawnier, tawniest) 1. of a dark yellowish or yellowish brown colour. –noun 2. a shade of brown tinged with yellow; dull yellowish brown. 3. a sweet, fortified wine made in Australia, which is blended and matured… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tawniness — tawny ► ADJECTIVE (tawnier, tawniest) ▪ of an orange brown or yellowish brown colour. DERIVATIVES tawniness noun. ORIGIN Old French tane, from tan tanbark ; related to TAN(Cf. ↑tan) …   English terms dictionary

  • tawny — ► ADJECTIVE (tawnier, tawniest) ▪ of an orange brown or yellowish brown colour. DERIVATIVES tawniness noun. ORIGIN Old French tane, from tan tanbark ; related to TAN(Cf. ↑tan) …   English terms dictionary

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