tat|too1 «ta TOO», noun, plural -toos, verb, -tooed, -too|ing.
1. a) a signal on a bugle or drum calling soldiers or sailors to their quarters at night. b) a drumbeat raising an alarm.
2. a series of raps, taps, or thumps: »

The hail beat a loud tattoo on the windowpane.

3. Especially British. a military display, especially music and parading by show units, usually outdoors in the evening and floodlit.
–v.i., v.t.
to tap continuously; drum: »

Don't tattoo with your fingers.

[variant of tap-too < Dutch taptoe < tap tap of a barrel + toe pull to, shut]
tat|too2 «ta TOO», verb, -tooed, -too|ing, noun, plural -toos.
1. to mark (the skin) with designs or patterns by pricking a line of holes and putting in colors.
2. to put (such a design) on the skin in this way: »

The sailor had a ship tattooed on his arm.

1. a picture, design, or motto tattooed on the skin.
2. the act or practice of tattooing the skin.
[< Polynesian (Marquesan) tatu]
tat|too´er, noun.
tat|too3 «TAT oo», noun, plural -toos.
= tat4. (Cf.tat)
[< Hindi tattū]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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