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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  • Tawny — f English: from the vocabulary word descriptive of hair colour (Anglo Norman tauné, Old French tané tanned). This is a modern name created on the lines of examples such as GINGER (SEE Ginger) and SANDY (SEE Sandy). Variant: Tawney …   First names dictionary

  • Tawny —   [ tɔːnɪ; englisch »gelbbraun«], Farb und damit Altersstufe des Portweins …   Universal-Lexikon

  • tawny — tan colored, late 14c., from Anglo Fr. tauné associated with the brownish yellow of tanned leather, from O.Fr. tané (12c.), pp. of taner to tan hides, from M.L. tannare (see TAN (Cf. tan)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • tawny — [[t]tɔ͟ːni[/t]] COLOUR Tawny hair, fur, or skin is a pale brown colour. She had tawny hair. ...a large, tawny dog …   English dictionary

  • tawny — I. adjective (tawnier; est) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French tané, tauné, literally, tanned, from past participle of tanner to tan Date: 14th century 1. of the color tawny 2. of a warm sandy color like that of well tanned skin < the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

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