the quality or state of being the color of tanned leather

the tawniness of his complexion

Derivationally related forms: ↑tawny
Hypernyms: ↑complexion, ↑skin color, ↑skin colour

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Tawniness — Taw ni*ness, n. The quality or state of being tawny. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tawniness — tawny ► ADJECTIVE (tawnier, tawniest) ▪ of an orange brown or yellowish brown colour. DERIVATIVES tawniness noun. ORIGIN Old French tane, from tan tanbark ; related to TAN(Cf. ↑tan) …   English terms dictionary

  • tawniness — noun see tawny I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tawniness — See tawny. * * * …   Universalium

  • tawniness — noun The quality or state of being tawny …   Wiktionary

  • tawniness — n. state of having a brownish yellow color …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tawniness — tawn·i·ness …   English syllables

  • Swarthiness — Swarth i*ness, n. The quality or state of being swarthy; a dusky or dark complexion; tawniness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tawny — I. adjective (tawnier; est) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French tané, tauné, literally, tanned, from past participle of tanner to tan Date: 14th century 1. of the color tawny 2. of a warm sandy color like that of well tanned skin < the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tawny — tawnily, adv. tawniness, n. /taw nee/, adj., tawnier, tawniest, n. adj. 1. of a dark yellowish or dull yellowish brown color. n. 2. a shade of brown tinged with yellow; dull yellowish brown. [1350 1400; ME tauny < AF taune < MF tané, ptp. of… …   Universalium

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