tan·​nish ˈta-nish How to pronounce tannish (audio)
: somewhat tan

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web About the squash: Squat, blocky shape and tannish-orange, black futso squash have heavily ribbed, warty skin. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 3 Nov. 2022 The light brown body was topped by a tannish head that lasted throughout the sampling and left globs of lacing on the glass, which enhanced the spicy rye and sweet caramel malts even more. Todd Haefer, The (appleton, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2017 As damage progresses, which may go unnoticed for months, the outer bark starts sloughing off, revealing a brownish/tannish area created by a mass or mat of fungal roots packed together. Sallie Lee, AL.com, 2 Aug. 2017 Homestead and Florida City, much in rubble, fields flooded with creamy tannish water. By Mark Silva, Charles Strouse And John Donnelly, miamiherald, 24 Aug. 2015 Rasmussen, a popular manufacturer of artificial fireplace kits, offers eight shades: black, dark gray, light gray, white, beige, brown, adobe red and natural (tannish gray). Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register, 20 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tannish was in 1935

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“Tannish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tannish. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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