sunburn

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *sunne burnen, *sonne brennen, *sunne brennen (suggested by derivatives sonne brennynge, sunne brennynge (sunburn, literally sun-burning) and sunne brente (sunburnt), equivalent to sun +‎ burn. Compare West Frisian sinnebrân (sunburn), Dutch zonnebrand (sunburn), German Sonnenbrand (sunburn), Swedish solbränna (sunburn), Icelandic sólbruni (sunburn).

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sunburn (countable and uncountable, plural sunburns)

  1. A burn on the skin caused by excess exposure to the sun's rays.

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sunburn (third-person singular simple present sunburns, present participle sunburning, simple past and past participle sunburned)

  1. (intransitive) To receive a sunburn.
  2. (transitive) To burn or discolour by the sun; to tan.
    • Dryden
      Sunburnt and swarthy though she be.

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