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tat·too 1

 (tă-to͞o′)
n. pl. tat·toos
1. A signal sounded on a drum or bugle to summon soldiers or sailors to their quarters at night.
2. A display of military exercises and music offered as evening entertainment.
3. A continuous, even drumming or rapping.
v. tat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
v.intr.
To beat out an even rhythm, as with the fingers.
v.tr.
To beat or tap rhythmically on; rap or drum on.

[Alteration of Dutch taptoe, tap-shut (closing time for taverns), tattoo : tap, spigot, tap (from Middle Dutch tappe) + toe, shut (from Middle Dutch; see de- in Indo-European roots).]

tat·too 2

 (tă-to͞o′)
n. pl. tat·toos
1. A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by raising scars.
2. A design made on the skin with a temporary dye such as henna or ink.
tr.v. tat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
1. To mark (the skin) with a tattoo.
2. To form (a tattoo) on the skin.

[From Tahitian tatau and kindred Polynesian words, all from Proto-Polynesian *tatau.]

tat·too′er n.
tat·too′ist n.

tattoo

(tæˈtuː)
n, pl -toos
1. (Military) (formerly) a signal by drum or bugle ordering the military to return to their quarters
2. (Military) a military display or pageant, usually at night
3. (Music, other) any similar beating on a drum, etc
[C17: from Dutch taptoe, from the command tap toe! turn off the taps! from tap tap of a barrel + toe to shut]

tattoo

(tæˈtuː)
vb, -toos, -tooing or -tooed
(Art Terms) to make (pictures or designs) on (the skin) by pricking and staining with indelible colours
n, pl -toos
1. (Art Terms) a design made by this process
2. (Art Terms) the practice of tattooing
[C18: from Tahitian tatau]
tatˈtooer, tatˈtooist n

tat•too1

(tæˈtu)

n., pl. -toos.
1. a bugle call or other signal preceding taps and ordering soldiers to go to their quarters.
2. a knocking or strong pulsation: My heart beat a tattoo on my ribs.
3. Brit. an outdoor military pageant or display.
[1570–80; earlier taptoo < Dutch taptoe= tap tap2 + toe shut]

tat•too2

(tæˈtu)

n., pl. -toos, n.
1. the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible designs, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.
2. any mark or markings so made.
v.t.
3. to mark with tattoos, as a person or a part of the body.
4. to put (a design, legend, etc.) on the skin.
[1769 (James Cook); earlier also tattow < Tahitian, Samoan, or Tongan tatau, Marquesan tatu]
tat•too′er, tat•too′ist, n.

tattoo

- In the military sense—of a signal summoning soldiers to their quarters at night—it was originally written tap-too, from a Dutch word taptoe, meaning "close the tap" (of a cask), which was told to soldiers when they were expected to return to their quarters.
See also related terms for tap.

tattoo


Past participle: tattooed
Gerund: tattooing

Imperative
tattoo
tattoo
Present
I tattoo
you tattoo
he/she/it tattoos
we tattoo
you tattoo
they tattoo
Preterite
I tattooed
you tattooed
he/she/it tattooed
we tattooed
you tattooed
they tattooed
Present Continuous
I am tattooing
you are tattooing
he/she/it is tattooing
we are tattooing
you are tattooing
they are tattooing
Present Perfect
I have tattooed
you have tattooed
he/she/it has tattooed
we have tattooed
you have tattooed
they have tattooed
Past Continuous
I was tattooing
you were tattooing
he/she/it was tattooing
we were tattooing
you were tattooing
they were tattooing
Past Perfect
I had tattooed
you had tattooed
he/she/it had tattooed
we had tattooed
you had tattooed
they had tattooed
Future
I will tattoo
you will tattoo
he/she/it will tattoo
we will tattoo
you will tattoo
they will tattoo
Future Perfect
I will have tattooed
you will have tattooed
he/she/it will have tattooed
we will have tattooed
you will have tattooed
they will have tattooed
Future Continuous
I will be tattooing
you will be tattooing
he/she/it will be tattooing
we will be tattooing
you will be tattooing
they will be tattooing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tattooing
you have been tattooing
he/she/it has been tattooing
we have been tattooing
you have been tattooing
they have been tattooing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tattooing
you will have been tattooing
he/she/it will have been tattooing
we will have been tattooing
you will have been tattooing
they will have been tattooing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tattooing
you had been tattooing
he/she/it had been tattooing
we had been tattooing
you had been tattooing
they had been tattooing
Conditional
I would tattoo
you would tattoo
he/she/it would tattoo
we would tattoo
you would tattoo
they would tattoo
Past Conditional
I would have tattooed
you would have tattooed
he/she/it would have tattooed
we would have tattooed
you would have tattooed
they would have tattooed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tattoo - a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters
bugle call - a signal broadcast by the sound of a bugle
drumbeat - (military) the beating of a drum as a signal for lowering the flag at sundown
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.tattoo - a design on the skin made by tattooing
pattern, design, figure - a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
3.tattoo - the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining
decoration - the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
Verb1.tattoo - stain (skin) with indelible color
stain - color with a liquid dye or tint; "Stain this table a beautiful walnut color"; "people knew how to stain glass a beautiful blue in the middle ages"
Translations
وَشْميَضَعُ وَشْماوشم
татуировка
tatuartatuatge
tetovánítetovat
tatoveringtatovere
tatuo
tatuointihiljaisuustatuoida
गोदना
tetovaža
tetováltetoválás
tattó, húîflúrtattóvera, húîflúra
入れ墨
문신
tatuiruotėtatuiruotiištatuiruotas
tetovējumstetovēt
tatuatatuaj
tetovanietetovať
tatutetoviranje
tatuering
การสักรอยสัก
dövmedövme yapmak
hình xăm trên da

tattoo

1 [təˈtuː]
A. N (on body) → tatuaje m
B. VT (tattooed (pt, pp)) → tatuar

tattoo

2 [təˈtuː] N (Mil) (= signal) → retreta f (Brit) (= pageant) → gran espectáculo m militar, exhibición f del arte militar
the Edinburgh tattooel espectáculo militar de Edimburgo
to beat a tattoo with one's fingerstamborilear con los dedos EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

tattoo

[tæˈtuː]
n
(on skin)tatouage m
He had a tattoo on his arm → Il avait un tatouage sur le bras.
(British) (= military display) → parade f militaire
vttatouer
to tattoo sth on sth → tatouer qch sur qch
He had tattooed the name "Marlene" on his upper arm → Il s'était tatoué le nom de "Marlene" sur le haut du bras.

tattoo

1
nTätowierung f

tattoo

2
n
(Brit: = military pageant) → Musikparade f
(Mil, on drum or bugle) → Zapfenstreich m; to beat or sound the tattooden Zapfenstreich blasen; to beat a tattoo on the table (with one’s fingers) → auf den Tisch trommeln

tattoo

1 [təˈtuː]
1. n (on skin) → tatuaggio
2. vttatuare

tattoo

2 [təˈtuː] n (Mil) (signal) → ritirata; (show) → parata militare

tattoo

(təˈtuː) , ((American) tӕ-) 3rd person singular present tense tatˈtoos: past tense, past participle tatˈtooed verb
to make coloured patterns or pictures on part of a person's body by pricking the skin and putting in dyes. The design was tattooed on his arm.
nounplural tatˈtoos
a design tattooed on the skin. His arms were covered with tattoos.
tatˈtooed adjective

tattoo

وَشْم tetování tatovering Tätowierung τατουάζ tatuaje tatuointi tatouage tetovaža tatuaggio 入れ墨 문신 tatoeage tatovering tatuaż tatuagem татуировка tatuering รอยสัก dövme hình xăm trên da 纹身

tattoo

n (pl -toos) tatuaje m
References in classic literature ?
His finger beat a tattoo upon Ed Thomas's broad chest.
Then the captain's curly lips began to twitch with anxiety, and the captain's restless fingers beat the devil's tattoo unremittingly on the window-pane.
went the steward's keys upon his crown, and the worthy danced around him playing a tattoo that made Little John's ears ring.
Come, gentlemen," said he, "they are beating the tattoo.
We haven't been able to prove cannibalism against that tribe in the courts; but when a Sheshaheli offers you four pounds of woman's breast, tattoo marks and all, skewered up in a plantain leaf before breakfast, you--"
Excusin' 'imself before 'and for takin' the liberty, 'e says it would be a comfort for to assist 'im, sir, if -" tattoo lao
But the little chap seized him at once by the nose; gave it a swing and a pull; clapped the big chapeau de-bras upon his head; knocked it down over his eyes and mouth; and then, lifting up the big fiddle, beat him with it so long and so soundly, that what with the belfry-man being so fat, and the fiddle being so hollow, you would have sworn that there was a regiment of double-bass drummers all beating the devil's tattoo up in the belfry of the steeple of Vondervotteimittiss.
I have made a small study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature of the subject.
The idea is utterly ridiculous," replied the Admiral, beating a tattoo on the back of his chair.
We didn't care what we wore then, but thought it nice to tattoo ourselves all over, and we never did our hair.
George, who has put aside his pipe and sits with an arm on his chair-back, beats a tattoo on the ground with his right foot as if he were not particularly pleased with the turn the conversation has taken.
In another minute we were skulking in the shadow of the kitchen-garden wall while the high-road rang with the dying tattoo of galloping hoofs.