What does tawny mean?

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ˈtɔ nitawny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tawny, tawny-brownadjective

    of a light brown to brownish orange color; the color of tanned leather


  1. tawnynoun

    A light brown to brownish orange colour

  2. tawnyadjective

    Of a light brown to brownish orange colour

  3. Etymology: From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman tauné, from Old French tané, past participle of taner, 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'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tawnyadjective

    Yellow, like things tanned.

    Etymology: tané, tanné, Fr.

    This child of fancy that armado hight,
    For interim to our studies shall relate,
    In high born words, the worth of many a knight
    From tawny Spain, lost in the world’s debate. William Shakespeare.

    Eurus his body must be drawn the colour of the tawny Moor, upon his head a red sun. Henry Peacham.

    The tawny lion pawing to get free. John Milton.

    Whilst they make the river Senaga to bound the Moors, so that on the south side they are black, on the other only tawny, they seem not to derive it from the sun. Brown.

    Where’s the worth that sets this people up
    Above your own Numidia’s tawny sons? Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tawnynoun

    of a dull yellowish brown color, like things tanned, or persons who are sunburnt; as, tawny Moor or Spaniard; the tawny lion

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tawny

    taw′ni, adj. of the colour of things tanned, a yellowish brown.—n. Taw′niness. [Fr. tanné, pa.p. of tanner, to tan.]


  1. Tawny

    a brownish yellow, like the color of a tanned hide [pale cadmium yellow + Indian red].

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tawny in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tawny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of tawny in a Sentence

  1. Des Barres:

    For instance, we’re doing the show and then lunchtime, there’s O.J. Simpson in the studio looking for Tawny, next day it would be Jerry Seinfeld who was on the stage next to us. There was always somebody after her. But when you’re that gorgeous, funny… and intelligent, you’re always going be bombarded with everyone.

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