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tattoo

noun tat·too \ ta-ˈtü \

Definition of tattoo

plural tattoos
1 :an indelible mark or figure fixed upon the body by insertion of pigment under the skin or by production of scars
2 :the act of tattooing :the fact of being tattooed

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First Known Use of tattoo

1777


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tattoo

verb

Definition of tattoo

transitive verb
1 :to mark the skin with (a tattoo)
  • tattooed a flag on his chest
2 :to mark or color (the skin) with tattoos

tattooer

noun

tattooist

play \-ˈtü-ist\ noun

Origin and Etymology of tattoo

Tahitian tatau, noun, tattoo


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tattoo

noun

Definition of tattoo

plural tattoos
1 :a rapid rhythmic rapping
2 a :a call sounded shortly before taps as notice to go to quarters
b :outdoor military exercise given by troops as evening entertainment

Origin and Etymology of tattoo

alteration of earlier taptoo, from Dutch taptoe, from the phrase tap toe! taps shut!


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tattoo

verb

Definition of tattoo

transitive verb
:to beat or rap rhythmically on :drum on
intransitive verb
:to give a series of rhythmic taps

First Known Use of tattoo

1780



TATTOO Defined for Kids

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tattoo

verb tat·too \ ta-ˈtü \

Definition of tattoo for Students

tattooed; tattooing
:to mark the body with a picture or pattern by using a needle to put color under the skin

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tattoo

noun

Definition of tattoo for Students

plural tattoos
:a picture or design made by putting color under the skin

Medical Dictionary

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tattoo

transitive verb tat·too \ ta-ˈtü \

medical Definition of tattoo

:to mark or color (the skin) with tattoos

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tattoo

noun

medical Definition of tattoo

plural tattoos
:an indelible mark or figure fixed upon the body by insertion of pigment under the skin or by production of scars


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