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tattoo

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noun tat·too \ta-ˈtü\

Definition of tattoo

plural tattoos

  1. 1 :  a rapid rhythmic rapping

  2. 2a :  a call sounded shortly before taps as notice to go to quartersb :  outdoor military exercise given by troops as evening entertainment



Origin of tattoo

alteration of earlier taptoo, from Dutch taptoe, from the phrase tap toe! taps shut!


First Known Use: circa 1627


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tattoo

verb tat·too

Definition of tattoo

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to beat or rap rhythmically on :  drum on

    2. intransitive verb
    3. :  to give a series of rhythmic taps



    1780

    First Known Use of tattoo

    1780


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    tattoo

    transitive verb tat·too

    Definition of tattoo

    1. 1 :  to mark or color (the skin) with tattoos

    2. 2 :  to mark the skin with (a tattoo) <tattooed a flag on his chest>

    tat·too·er noun
    tat·too·ist play \-ˈtü-ist\ noun


    Origin of tattoo

    Tahitian tatau, noun, tattoo


    First Known Use: 1769


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    tattoo

    noun tat·too

    Definition of tattoo

    plural tattoos

    1. 1 :  the act of tattooing :  the fact of being tattooed

    2. 2 :  an indelible mark or figure fixed upon the body by insertion of pigment under the skin or by production of scars



    1777

    First Known Use of tattoo

    1777




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