tattoo

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tæˈtu(ː)/, [tʰæˈtʰu̟(ː)]

Etymology 1[edit]

A tattoo (image made in skin)

From Samoan tatau (to tap).

Noun[edit]

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tattoo (plural tattoos)

  1. An image made in the skin with ink and a needle.
  2. A method of decorating the skin by inserting colored substances under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, which now is usually a solenoid-driven needle, that carries the inks to lower layers of the skin.
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Verb[edit]

tattoo (third-person singular simple present tattoos, present participle tattooing, simple past tattooed, past participle tattoed)

  1. To apply a tattoo to (someone or something).
  2. (baseball) To hit the ball hard, as if to figuratively leave a tattoo on the ball.
    Jones tattoos one into the gap in left; that will clear the bases.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch taptoe.

Noun[edit]

tattoo (plural tattoos)

  1. (nautical) A signal played five minutes before taps (lights out).
  2. A signal by drum or bugle ordering soldiers to return to their quarters.
  3. A military display or pageant.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Hindi tattū.[Devanagari?]

Noun[edit]

tattoo (plural tattoos)

  1. A breed of pony from India; a pony of that breed.