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