- 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: Middle English tauny from Old French tanné, past participle of tanner, to tan
- tawniness noun
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Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman taune, variant of Old French tane, from past participle of taner, to tan; see tan1.
- tawˈni·ness noun
- tawˈny adjective