- The definition of tawny is a brownish, yellowish tan color.
An example of something tawny is the coat of a deer.
- Tawny is a brownish, yellowish tan color.
An example of tawny is the color of a slightly tanned person.
Origin of tawnyMiddle English tauny from Old French tanné, past participle of tanner, to tan
Origin of tawnyMiddle English from Anglo-Norman taune variant of Old French tane from past participle of taner to tan ; see tan 1.
- A light brown to brownish orange colour
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman taunÃ©, from Old French tanÃ©, past participle of taner (“to tan"), from tan (“tanbark, tawny color"), from Gaulish tanno 'holm oak' (compare Breton tann, Old Irish caerthann 'rowan'), from Indo-European *dhenh-; akin to German Tann 'woods', Tanne 'fir', Hittite tanau 'fir', Avestan thanwarÉ™ (g. thanwanÅ) 'bow', Sanskrit dhÃ¡nus (g. dhÃ¡nvanus) 'bow', Latin femur (g. feminis) 'thigh', possibly Greek thÃ¡mnos 'thicket'.