sunburn

verb
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburned (audio) \ or sunburnt\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburnt (audio) \; sunburning

Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn or discolor by the sun

sunburn

noun

Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

Examples of sunburn in a Sentence

Noun He has a bad sunburn. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The guns provide a superficial measure, the report noted, that can vary if a person is sunburned or has just come in from outside. BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus patients to be allowed visitors in N.Y.," 19 May 2020 Light- or short-coated dogs can get sunburned, so ask your vet for recommendations on canine sunscreen because some human sunscreens are toxic if your pet licks them off. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hiking With Your Dog," 12 Feb. 2019 There may be lingering pain, soreness, or sensitivity after a tattoo, which can feel similar to sunburn or a bruise. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Tattoo Artist's Guide to Your First Tattoo," 2 Jan. 2019 Your eyes, like your skin, can get sunburned when they’re exposed to too much sunlight. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Entirely Preventable Eye Injuries Doctors See Way Too Often," 1 Nov. 2018 The tanning ethos dates back to The early 1920s, when Coco Chanel inadvertently got sunburned on the French Riviera — or, some say, on a cruise near there. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 Cindie Allen-Stewart, of Mount Calm, shared her decades-old family secret on Facebook hoping to help some friends who, like her, are prone to sunburn despite using sunscreen. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Texas mom's viral sunburn hack works, but it's not 'magical cure,' dermatologists warn," 3 July 2018 The child’s head, sunburned under the blond velvet, rested on the woman’s strong arm. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 If Tuohy were running barefoot, the bottom of her feet might be sunburned by the end of a long race. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "America’s Next Great Running Hope, and One of the Cruelest Twists in Youth Sports," 8 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sunblocks, however, are formulated to stop the damage caused by UVB rays, the kind that cause a sunburn. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Sunscreen vs. Sunblock: What's the Difference, and Which One Is Better?," 2 July 2020 Like this is coming from someone nursing a pretty bad sunburn right now from being at the beach on Saturdays. Condé Nast Traveler, "Summer Travel Is All About Figuring Out Your Comfort Zone: Women Who Travel Podcast," 17 June 2020 The University of Florida recommends euthanizing them by rubbing or spraying 20% benzocaine toothache gel or sunburn spray (not 5% lidocaine) on the toad. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Florida tells residents to humanely kill these invasive, toxic toads that are lethal to pets," 12 June 2020 Usually that's looking out for sunburn, dehydration and foot or ankle injuries. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Street medics brave danger to treat wounded protesters," 5 June 2020 That’s because Ambre Solaire was invented to try and prevent sunburn, not skin cancer. George Zaidan, Wired, "Wait, What’s the Deal With Sunscreen? Does It Work or Not?," 18 Apr. 2020 For instance, ultraviolet light generated by the sun is what gives you a tan — or a sunburn. Los Angeles Times, "How UV light may protect us from the coronavirus," 14 Apr. 2020 Humans get a taste of the dangers of solar radiation in the form of sunburns and skin cancer. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why This Rare, Huge Ozone Hole Over the Arctic Is Troubling Scientists," 1 Apr. 2020 In the Rio Grande Valley there is a cultural stew and sunburn to contend with, and kids in East Texas grow up staunchly Texan with a dash of Cajun spice. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Uniquely Texas rites of passage for all little Texans," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sunburn

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sunburn

Verb

back-formation from sunburned, from sun + burned

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Time Traveler for sunburn

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The first known use of sunburn was in 1530

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2 Jun 2020

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“Sunburn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sunburn. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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sunburn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sunburn

: a condition in which your skin becomes sore and red from too much sunlight

sunburn

noun
sun·​burn | \ ˈsən-ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sore red state of the skin caused by too much sunlight

sunburn

verb
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt \; sunburning

Kids Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: to burn or discolor by exposure to the sun
sun·​burn | \ -ˌbərn How to pronounce sunburn (audio) \
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd How to pronounce sunburned (audio) \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt How to pronounce sunburnt (audio) \; sunburning

Medical Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to affect with sunburn sunburned skin

sunburn

noun

Medical Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

called also erythema solare

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