A woman displays her tattoos.
- Tattoo is defined as a permanent ink design in the skin applied by needles or a temporary dyed design on the skin.
- An example of a tattoo is a permanent colorful dragon on a person's back.
- An example of a tattoo is the henna designs given to a Hindu bride before her wedding ceremony.
- The definition of a tattoo is the beat of a drum, sometimes used as a signal to those in the military that it's bed time.
An example of a tattoo is a drum tap on board a US Navy ship telling the sailors to head to their sleeping quarters for the night.
- Tattoo means to use a needle and ink to give someone a permanent design on their skin.
An example of tattoo is what Kat von D gives to her customers on the show L.A. Ink.
transitive verb-·tooed′, -·too′ing
- to leave permanent marks or designs on (a person or a part of the body) by puncturing the skin with a needle and inserting ink or other indelible pigments
- to make (marks or designs) on a person or part of the body in this way
Origin of tattoofrom a Polynesian language from Proto-Polynesian an unverified form tatau
- a signal on a drum or bugle, summoning military personnel to their quarters at night
- in Great Britain, a military spectacle featuring music, marching, and military exercises
- any continuous drumming or rapping
Origin of tattooearlier taptoo from Dutch taptoe from tap toe, tap to (shut): a signal for closing barrooms
intransitive verb-·tooed′, -·too′ing
- A signal sounded on a drum or bugle to summon soldiers or sailors to their quarters at night.
- A display of military exercises and music offered as evening entertainment.
- A continuous, even drumming or rapping.
verbtat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
Origin of tattooAlteration of Dutch taptoe tap-shut (closing time for taverns), tattoo tap spigot, tap ( from Middle Dutch tappe ) toe shut ( from Middle Dutch; see de- in Indo-European roots.)
- A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.
- A design made on the skin with a temporary dye such as henna or ink.
transitive verbtat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
- To mark (the skin) with a tattoo.
- To form (a tattoo) on the skin.
Origin of tattooFrom Tahitian tatau and kindred Polynesian words, all from Proto-Polynesian tatau
- An image made in the skin with ink and a needle.
- A method of decorating the skin by inserting colored substances under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, which now is usually a solenoid-driven needle, that carries the inks to lower layers of the skin.
(third-person singular simple present tattoos, present participle tattooing, simple past tattooed, past participle tattoed)
- To apply a tattoo to (someone or something).
- (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.
From Samoan tatau (“to tap").
- (nautical) A signal played five minutes before taps (lights out).
- A signal by drum or bugle ordering soldiers to return to their quarters.
- A military display or pageant.
From Dutch taptoe.
- A breed of pony from India; a pony of that breed.
From Hindi tattÅ«.[Devanagari?]