sun·​bathe ˈsən-ˌbāt͟h How to pronounce sunbathe (audio)
sunbathed; sunbathing; sunbathes
sunbather noun

Example Sentences

People were sunbathing on the beach.
Recent Examples on the Web Since it isn't made of wood or asphalt, the brand notes that the roof can't hold up kitty's weight, so if your cat tends to sunbathe on the roof of the house this might not be the best option for them. Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 13 Oct. 2022 For those who’d rather relax, the city has plenty of brilliant beaches to lounge and sunbathe. Karla Pope, Good Housekeeping, 5 Oct. 2022 Swim, sunbathe or rent a cabana in luxury at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 29 Aug. 2022 Several popular videos show the walrus clambering onto small boats to sunbathe. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 14 Aug. 2022 In the video, which arrived Friday (Aug. 19), Lorde and Angelo sunbathe together on a raft in the middle of the ocean, glowing bright blue from the sun. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 19 Aug. 2022 The spot, along the banks of the Tylihul Estuary, has become a popular respite, where the war weary swim and sunbathe and pretend that life is normal, if only for a short while. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2022 Locals have flocked to watch the 1,300-pound marine mammal eat, sunbathe and — mostly — sleep on boats. Caroline Radnofsky, NBC News, 16 Aug. 2022 Increasingly large crowds of people came to the Oslo Fjord to see the female walrus, named Freya, who climbed onto small boats to sunbathe. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


back-formation from sunbather

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sunbathe was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Sunbathe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



sun·​bathe -ˌbāt͟h How to pronounce sunbathe (audio)
: to expose oneself to sunlight or a sunlamp especially to get a tan
sunbather noun
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