body paint

noun

Definition of body paint

: paint applied to a person's body
  • Her new outfit, a leopard-skin pants suit, seemed as skintight as Superman's blue-and-red ensemble: every midriff curve curved, every leg muscle flexed … . After a few turns, some observers noticed that the spots were not painted on fabric but skin. Her suit was body paint.
  • —Matthew CrowleyLas Vegas Review-Journal19 Mar. 1997
  • Aborigines in white body paint danced and sang traditional songs in Australia's national Parliament on Tuesday in a historic ceremony many hoped would mark a new era of race relations in the country.
  • —Rod McGuirkAssociated Press12 Feb. 2008

body-paint

transitive verb, body-painted; body-painting; body-paints
    • Halfway through the first quarter, high up in the stands, an undergraduate skinned off his shirt and … a young woman body-painted something unprintable about Harvard onto his shoulder blades.
    • —Paul HendricksonWashington Post21 Nov. 1983

body-painted

adjective
    • … surrounded by their usual assortment of exuberant, body-painted fans.
    • —Bill BryantHuntsville (Alabama) Times3 Mar. 2012

body painting

or less commonly body-painting noun
    • They wore clothing of finely-tanned skins and adorned themselves with tattooing and body painting.
    • —Barbara A. LeitchA Concise Dictionary of Indian Tribes1979

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First Known Use of body paint

1883


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