body paint

noun

Definition of body paint

  1. :  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 Crowley, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 19 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 McGuirk, Associated Press, 12 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 Hendrickson, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 1983

body–painted

adjective … surrounded by their usual assortment of exuberant, body-painted fans. — Bill Bryant, Huntsville (Alabama) Times, 3 Mar. 2012

body painting

less commonly

body–painting

noun They wore clothing of finely-tanned skins and adorned themselves with tattooing and body painting. — Barbara A. Leitch, A Concise Dictionary of Indian Tribes, 1979

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First Known Use of body paint

1883


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