- 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 tan1.
- A light brown to brownish orange colour
From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman tauné, from Old French tané, 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 thanwarə (g. thanwanō) 'bow', Sanskrit dhánus (g. dhánvanus) 'bow', Latin femur (g. feminis) 'thigh', possibly Greek thámnos 'thicket'.