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tattoo

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noun tat·too \ta-ˈtü\

Definition of tattoo

plural

tattoos

  1. 1 :  a rapid rhythmic rapping

  2. 2a :  a call sounded shortly before taps as notice to go to quartersb :  outdoor military exercise given by troops as evening entertainment

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Origin and Etymology of tattoo

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


First Known Use: circa 1627


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tattoo

verb tat·too

Definition of tattoo

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beat or rap rhythmically on :  drum on

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to give a series of rhythmic taps

1780

First Known Use of tattoo

1780


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tattoo

verb tat·too

Definition of tattoo

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mark or color (the skin) with tattoos

  3. 2 :  to mark the skin with (a tattoo) tattooed a flag on his chest

tattooer

noun

tattooist

play \-ˈtü-ist\ noun

Origin and Etymology of tattoo

Tahitian tatau, noun, tattoo


First Known Use: 1769


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tattoo

noun tat·too

Definition of tattoo

plural

tattoos

  1. 1 :  the act of tattooing :  the fact of being tattooed

  2. 2 :  an indelible mark or figure fixed upon the body by insertion of pigment under the skin or by production of scars

1777

First Known Use of tattoo

1777



TATTOO Defined for Kids

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tattoo

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verb tat·too \ta-ˈtü\

Definition of tattoo for Students

tattooed

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tattooing

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


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tattoo

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noun tat·too

Definition of tattoo for Students

plural

tattoos

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


Medical Dictionary

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tattoo

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transitive verb tat·too \ta-ˈtü\

Medical Definition of tattoo

  1. :  to mark or color (the skin) with tattoos


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tattoo

noun tat·too

Medical 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



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