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Etymology

From Polynesian languages tatau (Samoan and Tahitian) "to tap".

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /tæ'tu/

Noun

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Singular
tattoo

Plural
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  1. An image made in the skin with ink and a needle
  2. A method of decorating the skin by inserting colored substances under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, which now is usually a solenoid-driven needle, that carries the inks to lower layers of the skin.

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Verb

Infinitive
to tattoo

Third person singular
tattoos

Simple past
tattooed

Past participle
tattoed

Present participle
tattooing

to tattoo (third-person singular simple present tattoos, present participle tattooing, simple past tattooed, past participle tattoed)
  1. To apply a tattoo (to someone or something)
  2. (baseball) To hit the ball hard, as if to figuratively leave a tattoo on the ball
    Jones tattoos one into the gap in left; that will clear the bases.

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Noun

Singular
tattoo

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  1. (nautical) From taptoe, the time to close the taps.
  2. (nautical) A signal played five minutes before taps (lights out)

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