tun·​ny ˈtə-nē How to pronounce tunny (audio)
plural tunnies also tunny

Examples of tunny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flake the tunny fish, shred the olives, mix together and moisten with French dressing. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2022 At the July rodeo, Kyle Davis topped the leaderboard with a 22.24-pound bonito, a species also known as little tunny. al, 13 Sep. 2021 That bycatch draws the attention of a world of predator species — king and Spanish mackerel, shark, ling, dorado, tuna, little tunny and, occasionally, a wild card such as sailfish or wahoo. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 23 June 2018

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Word History


modification of Middle French thon or Old Italian tonno; both from Old Occitan ton, from Latin thunnus — more at tuna entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tunny was circa 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Tunny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunny. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tun·​ny ˈtən-ē How to pronounce tunny (audio)
plural tunnies also tunny
: tuna

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