Adjective "tattooed" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An evening drum or bugle signal recalling soldiers to their quarters.
  1. 'From the 17th century drums and trumpets sounded tattoo, originally an instruction to turn off the taps of beer or wine-barrels, to call men back to quarters at the end of the day.'
  2. 'a crash involving two Russian jet fighters at the International Air Tattoo'
  3. 'It is almost obligatory for any new Edinburgh resident to wax lyrical over the cultural backdrop that the castle, the festival and the tattoo give to the city.'
  4. 'Edinburgh can keep the military tattoo, all of the modern dance, and most of the London stand-up comedians.'
  5. 'Pipe bands and military bands have also gone due to him, the very essence required for a military tattoo.'
  6. '‘Some members who have done the tattoo in Scotland have said that to do it in Australia is an even bigger honour,’ he said.'
  7. 'There will also be wreath-layings at three memorials to the fallen, in Arnhem, Oosterbeek and at Ginkel Heath, along with a military tattoo.'
  8. 'The top of Blake Street was a wonderful vantage point for watching the many parades, processions and military tattoos that regularly took to the streets.'
  9. 'Brigadier Melville Jameson, the chief executive and producer of the tattoo, said a condition of the appearance in Sydney was that a replica castle facade was built.'
  10. 'While the band no longer performs at military tattoos, it is, on occasion, recalled to active duty.'
  11. 'Chatham Navy Days was rounded off by a military tattoo in the Historic Dockyard, at which Prince Michael of Kent was the guest of honour.'
  12. 'My boots beat a tattoo against the flagstones on the bridge and the sounds of battle grew louder: the clashing of steel, the sound of battle cries and death screams.'
  13. 'The endless sound echoed like thunderous footfalls, beating a tattoo on the inside of her skull.'
  14. 'Rain fell steadily, beating a tattoo on the broad leaves of the tree above his head, like the relentless footsteps of an army of marching warriors.'
  15. 'Charles offered him a curt nod, before turning on his heel and briskly striding out, his polished black boots beating out a rapid tattoo on the varnished floor.'
  16. 'Her heart beats a purple tattoo in her throat and there's a stitch in her side.'
  17. 'My heart beat a nervous tattoo in my chest, the rest of my body frozen in place.'
  18. 'All year long the war drums have been beating an insistent tattoo but recently the rhythm seemed to be leading nowhere.'
  19. 'His heart pounded quickly, beating out a fierce tattoo in his strong chest as he walked down the paths which wound and turned into dead ends.'
  20. 'He launches himself into my lap and rains kisses on me, his tail beating a tattoo on the arm of my chair.'
  21. 'But to my surprise, instead he got out a battered pair of drumsticks, with which he beat a brief tattoo on the top of my head.'

Pronunciation /taˈtuː//təˈtuː/verb

Mark (a part of the body) with an indelible design by inserting pigment into punctures in the skin.
  1. 'Pre-wedding nerves can sometimes cause a groom to have a total sense of humour failure when a harmless little prank - shaving his eyebrows, say, or tattooing his cheeks - is played on him.'
  2. 'In Jack's eyes, his mom was unique among tattoo artists because she'd never been tattooed.'
  3. 'The other option would be to tattoo the backs of my hands.'
  4. 'On the street in many an American city, teenage girls have taken to wearing a Hindu-style ‘dot’ between their eyes, and boys to tattooing themselves with Chinese characters they cannot read.'
  5. 'The entire right side of her body was tattooed with road burn and hues of purple, yellow, and blue.'
  6. 'The four defendants were charged for tattooing their bodies to evade conscription immediately after they were judged physically competent to serve in the military.'
  7. 'Often people come in with really ugly designs and insist that he tattoo them.'
  8. 'On her right arm, starting from her shoulder, her skin was tattooed with black liquid crystal as a snake curling around her arm.'
  9. 'Without exception they paint their bodies, they tattoo their bodies, they decorate their bodies and they clothe their bodies.'
  10. 'Parents would rather their kids go in for glitter as they feel it is a better option to piercing or tattooing the body.'
  11. 'he has a heart tattooed on his left hand'
  12. 'He did everything short of tattooing the organization's logo on his forehead.'
  13. 'He escaped lifelong identification as an SS member only because by late 1944 the regiments were no longer organised to carry out the customary process of tattooing conscripts' blood group on their arms.'
  14. 'He has a tattoo on his left hand and a cross tattooed on one of his left fingers.'
  15. 'Iverson famously gave himself the sobriquet ‘The Answer’, tattooing the words on his left arm for emphasis.'
  16. 'If this whole admission game does happen again, though, I plan on permanently tattooing the word REJECT on my forehead.'
  17. '‘It's the only brand name riders will actually tattoo onto their arms,’ Ghattas goes on to indicate.'
  18. 'At twenty-one, Dami turned him into a vampire, and tattooed a red mark onto his forehead.'


A design made by tattooing.
  1. 'The tattoos showed courage because tattooing is painful, wealth because the tattoo expert was expensive, and beauty because tattooing made the wearer attractive to women.'
  2. 'A few dark tattoos in strange patterns were visible along the base of her spine.'
  3. 'While the appearance and garb of Samoan women are subject to a range of cultural restrictions, full-body tattoos are common on Samoan men.'
  4. 'Jacek was sitting at his desk, sketching out a pattern for a tribal tattoo.'
  5. 'Surrounding her right eye was a yellow tattoo of a hawk's head.'
  6. 'On his upper arm he had a tattoo - a simple red band around his arm.'
  7. 'Most of the traditional tattoos such as patterns of lotus, snake, figures of deities, or religious symbol were mostly etched for religious or spiritual purposes.'
  8. 'Cholos often have black ink tattoos, commonly involving Catholic imagery, or calligraphy messages or family names.'
  9. 'We must be prepared for all possibilities, not just the ones that play into reporters' preconceived notions about hunters, soldiers, tattoos and guns.'
  10. 'Teah, 24, a Lieutenant-Colonel, has tattoos of a scorpion and a cobra on each bicep.'

More definitions

1. the act or practice of marking the skin with indelible patterns, pictures, legends, etc., by making punctures in it and inserting pigments.

2. a pattern, picture, legend, etc., so made. verb (used with object), tattooed, tattooing.

3. to mark (the skin) with tattoos.

4. to put (tattoos) on the skin.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be tattooed."

"arms can be tattooed."

"barmans can be tattooed."

"crosses can be tattooed."

"warriors can be tattooed."

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(tattoo)Mid 18th century: from Tahitian, Tongan, and Samoan ta-tau or Marquesan ta-tu.