noun Tar·zan \ˈtärzən, ˈtȧz- also -ˌzan or -ˌzaan(ə)n\

Definition of Tarzan



  1. :  a strong agile person of heroic proportions and bearing a chimpanzee can easily run away … and once in the trees, no human Tarzan is half a match for it — Weston La Barre

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Origin and Etymology of tarzan

from Tarzan, hero of the adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs †1950 American writer

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a trip made at another's expense

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