tattoo

noun (1)
tat·too | \ ta-ˈtü \
plural tattoos

Definition of tattoo 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

tattoo

verb (1)
tattooed; tattooing; tattoos

Definition of tattoo (Entry 2 of 4)

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

tattoo

noun (2)
plural tattoos

Definition of tattoo (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a rapid rhythmic rapping

2a : a call sounded shortly before taps as notice to go to quarters

b : outdoor military exercise given by troops as evening entertainment

tattoo

verb (2)
tattooed; tattooing; tattoos

Definition of tattoo (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to beat or rap rhythmically on : drum on

intransitive verb

: to give a series of rhythmic taps

Other words from tattoo

Verb (1)

tattooer noun
tattooist \ta-ˈtü-ist \ noun

First Known Use of tattoo

Noun (1)

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (1)

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

circa 1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1780, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for tattoo

Verb (1)

Tahitian tatau, noun, tattoo

Noun (2)

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

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The first known use of tattoo was circa 1627

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More Definitions for tattoo

tattoo

verb
tat·too | \ ta-ˈtü \
tattooed; tattooing

Kids Definition of tattoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tattoo

noun
plural tattoos

Kids Definition of tattoo (Entry 2 of 2)

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

tat·too | \ ta-ˈtü \

Medical Definition of tattoo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to mark or color (the skin) with tattoos

tattoo

noun
plural tattoos

Medical Definition of tattoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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