tanorexic

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noun tan·o·rex·ic \ˌta-nə-ˈrek-sik\

Definition of tanorexic

plural

tanorexics

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of tanorexic

blend of 2tan and 2anorexic


First Known Use: 1987


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