• IPA: /ˈtɔːni/

tawny (comparative tawnier, superlative tawniest)

  1. Of a light brown to brownish orange color.
    • 1865, Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod, Chapter I. "The Shipwreck", page 14:
      There were the tawny rocks, like lions couchant, defying the ocean, whose waves incessantly dashed against and scoured them with vast quantities of gravel.
    • 1906, Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman:
      He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
      And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
      When the road was a gypsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
      A red-coat troop came marching—
      King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows:
      They fell a-twittering among themselves once more, and this time their intoxicating babble was of violet seas, tawny sands, and lizard-haunted walls.
  2. A sweet, fortified wine which is blended and matured in wood.
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  1. A light brown to brownish orange colour.

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