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[ta-too] /tæˈtu/
noun, plural tattoos.
1.
the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.
2.
a pattern, picture, legend, etc., so made.
verb (used with object), tattooed, tattooing.
3.
to mark (the skin) with tattoos.
4.
to put (tattoos) on the skin.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Marquesan tatu; replacing tattow < Tahitian tatau
Related forms
tattooer, tattooist, noun
untattooed, adjective
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Examples from the web for tattooed
  • Slack has a tiny silhouette of a bat tattooed behind her ear.
  • Following tradition, her chin was tattooed with four lines.
  • It is a curious fact that every fourth criminal is found to be tattooed with some device.
  • It has adorned cigarettes, ice cream and a bikini, and is tattooed on the bodies of footballers.
  • tattooed former soldiers populate the breakfast rooms of reopened business hotels.
  • Heavily made up, with tattooed eyebrows, she was sipping a cup of rum-spiked tea.
  • If they were tattooed, their skin was flayed for use as decorative lampshades.
  • Often they're pierced, tattooed, punk with bright blue hair.
  • Seems a multiple-pierced and tattooed lovely in a clingy peach taffeta costume had melted his heart.
  • But they aren't tattooed, or particularly fat, or lopsided with walleyes.
British Dictionary definitions for tattooed

tattoo1

/tæˈtuː/
noun (pl) -toos
1.
(formerly) a signal by drum or bugle ordering the military to return to their quarters
2.
a military display or pageant, usually at night
3.
any similar beating on a drum, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch taptoe, from the command tap toe! turn off the taps! from tap tap of a barrel + toe to shut

tattoo2

/tæˈtuː/
verb -toos, -tooing, -tooed
1.
to make (pictures or designs) on (the skin) by pricking and staining with indelible colours
noun (pl) -toos
2.
a design made by this process
3.
the practice of tattooing
Derived Forms
tattooer, tattooist, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Tahitian tatau
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Word Origin and History for tattooed

tattoo

n.

"signal," 1680s, "signal calling soldiers or sailors to quarters at night," earlier tap-to (1644, in order of Col. Hutchinson to garrison of Nottingham), from Dutch taptoe, from tap "faucet of a cask" (see tap (n.1)) + toe "shut." So called because police used to visit taverns in the evening to shut off the taps of casks. Transferred sense of "drumbeat" is recorded from 1755. Hence, Devil's tattoo "action of idly drumming fingers in irritation or impatience" (1803).

"pigment design in skin," 1769 (noun and verb, both first attested in writing of Capt. Cook), from a Polynesian noun (e.g. Tahitian and Samoan tatau, Marquesan tatu "puncture, mark made on skin").

v.

"mark the skin with pigment," 1769; see tattoo (n.2). Related: Tattooed; tattooing.

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tattooed in Medicine

tattoo tat·too (tā-tōō')
n. pl. tat·toos
A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars. v. tat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos

  1. To mark the skin with a tattoo.

  2. To form a tattoo on the skin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tattooed

tattooed

Related Terms

screwed* blued* and tattooed


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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