tattoo
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /tæˈtu(ː)/, [tʰæˈtʰu̟(ː)]
Noun

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 with a sharp instrument (usually a solenoid-driven needle).
Translations Translations Verb

tattoo (tattoos, present participle tattooing; past and past participle tattooed)

  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.
Translations Noun

tattoo

  1. (nautical) A signal played five minutes before taps (lights out).
    • 2017, Charles King, Cadet Days
      Study goes on until tattoo, which, when Pops was at the Point, was sounded at 9.30, followed by taps at 10.
  2. (military) A signal by drum or bugle ordering soldiers to return to their quarters.
  3. (military) A military display or pageant.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

tattoo (tattoos, present participle tattooing; past and past participle tattooed)

  1. To tap rhythmically on, to drum.
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 22:
      He had looked at the clock many scores of times; and at the street, where the rain was pattering down, and the people as they clinked by in pattens, left long reflections on the shining stone: he tattooed at the table: he bit his nails most completely […]
Noun

tattoo (plural tattoos)

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



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