AskDefine | Define tawny

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tawny adj : of a light brown to brownish orange color

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From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman taune, from Old French tane, p.p. of taner to tan


  • /ˈtɔni/


  1. Of a light brown to brownish orange colour


Of a light brown to brownish orange colour


  1. A light brown to brownish orange colour


A light brown to brownish orange colour

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Tawny refers to a pale orange-brown colour. It is used in the names of organisms with such colouring. It is also a given or assumed name for people, mostly women. In heraldry, it is often called tenné.


Other organisms

  • Tawny Cat Snake, Boiga ochracea, snake of the family Colubridae
  • Tawny Daylily, Hemerocallis fulva, also known as Orange Daylily, plant of the family Hemerocallidaceae
  • Tawny Grisette, Amanita fulva, mushroom of the family Amanitaceae
  • Tawny Mime, Papilio (Chilasa) agestor, butterfly of the family Papilionidae
  • Tawny Nurse Shark, Nebrius ferrugineusor, also known as Giant Sleepy Shark, nurse shark in the family Ginglymostomatidae
  • Tawny Prominent, Nadata gibbosa, also known as Rough Prominent, moth of the family Notodontidae.
  • Tawny Rajah, Charaxes bernardus, butterfly of the family Nymphalidae
  • Scarce Tawny Rajah, Charaxes aristogiton, butterfly of the family Nymphalidae
  • Tawny Speckled Pug, Eupithecia icterata, moth of the family Geometridae
  • Tawny-Bellied Cotton Rat, Sigmodon fulviventer, rodent of the family Muridae



  • In heraldry, 'Tenné' or 'tawny' is an orangish brown colour
  • Mister Tawky Tawny, a fictional character in the Marvel Family comics
  • The 'Tawny Man' trilogy, fantasy book series by writer Robin Hobb
  • Tawny PortTawny Spreadborough model
  • "Tawny" is the title of a 1954 record album by entertainer Jackie Gleason

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beige, brown, brownish, brownish-yellow, brunet, chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, cocoa-brown, coffee, coffee-brown, drab, dun, dun-brown, dun-drab, ecru, fawn, fawn-colored, fuscous, grege, hazel, khaki, lurid, nut-brown, olive-brown, olive-drab, seal, seal-brown, sepia, snuff-colored, sorrel, tan, taupe, toast, toast-brown, umber, umber-colored, walnut, walnut-brown, yellowish-brown
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