An example of tawny is the color of a slightly tanned person.
An example of something tawny is the coat of a deer.
Origin of tawny
- Middle English from Anglo-Norman taune variant of Old French tane from past participle of taner to tan tan1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 thanwarÉ™ (g. thanwanō) 'bow', Sanskrit dhánus (g. dhánvanus) 'bow', Latin femur (g. feminis) 'thigh', possibly Greek thámnos 'thicket'.