tan·​o·​rex·​ic ˌta-nə-ˈrek-sik How to pronounce tanorexic (audio)
plural tanorexics
: a person who is obsessed with having and maintaining a very dark tan
According to psychologists familiar with this phenomenon, the typical tanorexic is a young woman. In general, she seldom if ever feels she is tan enough.Robert Brody, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 23 June 1991
Tanorexics, it is now well known, are excellent candidates for skin cancer.Scott Harris, Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 31 Aug. 1989
tanorexic adjective
Advocates are using the headline-grabbing case of the tanorexic New Jersey mom to push the New York state Senate for approval of a bill banning anyone under 18 from using tanning beds. Kenneth Lovett, Daily News (New York), 11 May 2012
She thinks that being slightly tanorexic is about being trendy and beautiful, right here, right now. Elyssa Andrus, The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), 24 June 2002

Word History


blend of tan entry 2 and anorexic entry 2

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tanorexic was in 1987

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“Tanorexic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanorexic. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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