war paint
noun Date: 1826 1. paint put on parts of the body (as the face) by American Indians as a sign of going to war 2. makeup 3a

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  • War paint — War War, n. [OE. & AS. werre; akin to OHG. werra scandal, quarrel, sedition, werran to confound, mix, D. warren, G. wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps to E. worse; cf. OF. werre war, F. querre, of Teutonic origin. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • war paint — n [U] 1.) paint that some tribes put on their bodies and faces before going to war 2.) ↑make up used humorously ▪ Josie s just putting on her war paint …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • war paint — war′ paint n. 1) ant paint applied by American Indians to their faces and bodies before going to war 2) inf Informal. makeup; cosmetics 3) inf Informal. full dress; regalia • Etymology: 1820–30, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • war paint — war ,paint noun uncount 1. ) paint that some people, for example NATIVE AMERICANS, traditionally put on their face and body when they went into battle 2. ) HUMOROUS MAKEUP …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • war paint — ☆ war paint n. 1. a pigment applied to the face and body, as by some American Indian peoples, in preparation for war 2. Slang ceremonial dress; regalia 3. Slang cosmetics; makeup …   English World dictionary

  • war paint — noun 1. adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle • Hypernyms: ↑adornment 2. full ceremonial regalia • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism • Hypernyms: ↑array, ↑raiment, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • War Paint — Infobox Album | Name = War Paint Type = studio Artist = Lorrie Morgan Released = 1994 Recorded = Genre = Country Length = Label = BNA Producer = Richard Landis Reviews = Allmusic – rating|2.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg… …   Wikipedia

  • war paint — noun (U) 1 paint that some tribes put on their bodies and faces before going to war 2 humorous make­up (1): Josie s just putting on her war paint …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • war paint — n. a woman’s makeup. □ She’ll be ready when she gets on her war paint. □ She doesn’t look half bad without war paint …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • war paint — also warpaint N UNCOUNT War paint is the paint which some groups of people used to decorate their faces and bodies before they fought a battle …   English dictionary

  • war-paint — n make up, female (earlier theatrical) cosmetics. A humorous usage heard all over the English speaking world since the mid 19th century. ► She s next door putting on her war paint …   Contemporary slang

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