tanorexic

noun tan·o·rex·ic \ ˌta-nə-ˈrek-sik \

Definition of tanorexic

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 BrodySt. Louis Post-Dispatch23 June 1991
  • Tanorexics, it is now well known, are excellent candidates for skin cancer.
  • —Scott HarrisSpringfield (Massachusetts) Union-News31 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 of2tan and2anorexic


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