Definitions of tattoo

  1. stain ( skin) with indelible color
  2. the practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining
  3. a design on the skin made by tattooing
  4. a drumbeat of bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters
  5. A beat of drum, or sound of a trumpet or bugle, at night, giving notice to soldiers to retreat, or to repair to their quarters in garrison, or to their tents in camp.
  6. To color, as the flesh, by pricking in coloring matter, so as to form marks or figures which can not be washed out.
  7. An indelible mark or figure made by puncturing the skin and introducing some pigment into the punctures; -- a mode of ornamentation practiced by various barbarous races, both in ancient and modern times, and also by some among civilized nations, especially by sailors.
  8. A beat of drum, or other signal, especially for warning soldiers to retire to their quarters; marks or figures made by puncturing the skin with a needle and rubbing a stain or dye into the wounds.
  9. To mark ( the skin) permanently by puncturing ( it) and staining the wounds.
  10. Tattooed.
  11. Tattooing.
  12. A beat of drum and a bugle- call to warn soldiers to repair to their quarters, orig. to shut the taps or drinking- houses against the soldiers.
  13. To mark permanently ( as the skin) with figures, by pricking in coloring matter.
  14. Marks or figures made by pricking coloring matter into the skin.
  15. A mark so made.
  16. Drum- beat or bugle call to summon soldiers to their quarters at night.
  17. To mark the skin with figures by pricking in some coloring matter.
  18. To prick and mark ( the skin) in patterns with indelible pigments.
  19. A pattern so made.
  20. A continuous drumming.
  21. A beat of drum or bugle- call at night, giving notice to soldiers to repair to their quarters.
  22. Figures on the body made by punctures and stains.
  23. To prick the skin, and stain the punctured spots with a coloured fluid.
  24. The beat of drum at night to warn soldiers to repair to their quarters.
  25. To puncture the skin, generally that of the face or arms, with a sharp- pointed instr., so as to form lines and figures, and afterwards to rub into the punctures a coloured substance to render them indelible.

Usage examples for tattoo

  1. The rain began to pour heavily and beat so noisy a tattoo upon the tin roof of the theater that it drowned out all other sounds. – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  2. The tattoo ceased, and the foot was withdrawn from view. – The Man from Jericho by Edwin Carlile Litsey
  3. Well, I do: you can tattoo it- or, rather get the sailor to tattoo it. – Mr. Meeson's Will by H. Rider Haggard
  4. But my grandfather explained that you could be identified by tattoo- marks, at any length of time, which might cause trouble. – The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison
  5. Lounsbury advanced to him, playing a tattoo along the bar with his left hand. – The Plow-Woman by Eleanor Gates
  6. They swam from Fiji to introduce the craft to Samoa, and on leaving Fiji were commissioned to sing all the way, " Tattoo the women, but not the men." – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  7. But always the great tattoo of guns beat in the east. – Greenmantle by John Buchan
  8. Instead of tracing patterns on the carpet, it beat a tattoo. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  9. It had cost him a hard struggle to restrain the emotion which he had felt at times; and when he withdrew, soon after the trumpets sounded tattoo, and the ladies fell to discussing him, as women will, there was but one verdict,- his manners were perfect. – The Deserter by Charles King
  10. " I suppose not," answered Harry thoughtfully, her chin in her hand and the heel of one small shoe beating a restless tattoo on the wall. – The Crimson Sweater by Ralph Henry Barbour
  11. Some people pause for the rap of opportunity when opportunity has been playing a tattoo on their resonant skulls for years. – What You Can Do With Your Will Power by Russell H. Conwell
  12. Little home- made dug- outs, under the hut itself, had been their nearest approach to our vaulted dungeon, a tattoo of shrapnel their variety of shell- music. – Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front by E. W. Hornung
  13. Nothing delighted the pair more than to borrow a boat off my father and pull out to the rocks where the Primrose and the Despatch had struck and sunk; and on still days 'twas pretty to hear them out there off the Manacles, the drummer playing his tattoo- for they always took their music with them- and the trumpeter practising calls, and making his trumpet speak like an angel. – Wandering Heath by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  14. He waited silently now for a moment or two, his keen, small eyes resting with evident anxiety on Armand's averted head, his fingers still beating the impatient tattoo upon the velvet- covered cushion of the box. – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy
  15. Mr. Johnston beat a mad tattoo on the arm of his chair. – The Mutineers by Charles Boardman Hawes
  16. Traces of this poison, then, the witness had found in the fresh tattoo marks on Johnson's body. – The Mark Of Cain by Andrew Lang
  17. For a moment after the closing door of a room overhead had shut them from his ears, he stood there, with puckered brows and pursed- up lips, drumming with his finger- tips a faint tattoo upon the framework of the shattered lid; then he walked over to the skeleton case, and silently regarded the gruesome thing within. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  18. His fingers beat a dull tattoo on the polished table. – The Mutineers by Charles Boardman Hawes
  19. He had a way too of beating a tattoo on his knee, or he would just for a few seconds mark time, moving his arm backwards and forwards. – Fragments of an Autobiography by Felix Moscheles