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Meaning of tawny by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman tauné, from Old French tané, past participle of taner ( “to tan” ), from tan 'tanbark, tawny color', from Gaulish tanno 'holm oak' ( compare Breton tann, Old Irish caerthann 'rowan' ), from Indo-European *dhenh-; akin to German Tann 'woods', Tanne 'fir', Hittite tanau 'fir', Avestan thanwarə ( g. thanwanō ) 'bow', Sanskrit dhánus ( g. dhánvanus ) 'bow', Latin femur ( g. feminis ) 'thigh', possibly Greek thámnos 'thicket' .


    • IPA: /ˈtɔni/
    • Rhymes: -ɔːni


    tawny ( comparative tawnier, superlative tawniest )

    1. Of a light brown to brownish orange colour

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Explanation of tawny by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. of a light brown to brownish orange color

    Definition of tawny by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Tawny a. [Compar. Tawnier ; superl. Tawniest.] [F. tanné, p. p. of tanner to tan. See Tan, v. t. & n. Cf. Tenné.] 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.