Main definitions of tanner in English

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tanner1

noun

  • 1A person who is employed to tan animal hides.

    • ‘The other quarter did everything from mining coal to making paper flowers; they worked as tanners and carpenters, typesetters and bookbinders, bakers and pastry-cooks.’
    • ‘These days it is weighed glitteringly down with upmarket gold shops and silversmiths, but the bridge was traditionally home to the city's butchers and tanners.’
    • ‘It is a chaotic warren of factories and homes where tanners beat large strips of leather and potters work at their wheels in dimly-lit rooms, while people cook, eat, sleep and bathe on adjoining pavements.’
    • ‘The report concludes: "The overall effect of ecommerce on leather tanners' performance in the last two years has been minimal."’
    • ‘From Maine to Alabama, the armor of chestnut oaks looked like gold to the tanners who often felled the great trees, stripped the bark, and left the naked wood to rot.’
    • ‘However, the tidal streams that meandered through the marsh perfectly suited tanners, who needed lots of water and space for large tanning pits.’
    • ‘The street turns, but I do not, traipsing through an alley running between a tanner's and a baker's, thankful that some of the warmth from the latter's building leaks into the space through which I pass.’
    • ‘However, the bark would be stripped off for the tanners, as it contains tannin, especially if the tree had been an oak, alder or elm, and the bast fibres that lie just under the bark would also be pulled off to make rope and other ties.’
    • ‘But the price of leather had shot up steeply, and tanners refused to sell at government rates.’
    • ‘His father served as a soldier in the wars and ‘some of my great-greats were leather tanners and lightermen on the Thames’.’
    • ‘Many societies in Chad traditionally have different low-prestige occupational castes, such as hunters, potters, tanners, and blacksmiths (haddad).’
    • ‘The workers were classified as leather cutters, leather dressers, leather sellers and tanners.’
    • ‘Here, the unrecorded deeds of long-dead city dwellers come to light; the brewers, tanners, cabinet makers, printers and bakers are all to be found in the records of the city's ancient parishes.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, colonials judged regulation of nuisances an appropriate arena for courts and local government, leading to lawsuits and regulations aimed at such objectionable trades as butchers and tanners.’
    • ‘This is critical, because without such protection, tanners seeking to collaboratively market their products would face a serious risk of antitrust litigation.’
    • ‘The best medium to preserve one's writings, however, is vellum, which is made from calf skin exposed to lime which is then worked by tanners into a usable writing skin.’
    • ‘A company spokesman said: "It is very sad to have to close, but today more and more tanners are searching for supplies at higher and higher prices."’
    • ‘The first exemption act allowed paper mill workers, shoemakers, textile workers, tanners, wagon makers, and others to remain at their work, provided the profits of factories that used exempted workers not exceed 75 percent.’
    • ‘Treated by the tanners in Niort, some seventy miles from La Rochelle, these hides were transformed into the chamois considered vital for the clothing of contemporary cavaliers.’
    • ‘His talk is of pack-asses, smiths, cobblers, and tanners, and he seems always to be using the same terms for the same things; so that anyone inexpert and thoughtless might laugh his speeches to scorn.’
  • 2A lotion or cream designed to promote the development of a suntan or produce a similar skin colour artificially:

    ‘skincare companies are coming to the rescue of consumers with sunless tanners’
    • ‘To stop the palms of your hands from staining, wear latex gloves when you are applying the tanner.’
    • ‘Price is another worry: at an average ring of $13 to $14, it stands as one of the priciest self tanners at mass and is just shy of some prestige/department store brands like Estee Lauder's Clinique.’
    • ‘The most common mistakes people make when attempting a faux glow include applying the tanner to damp or too-dry skin – both of which can cause streaking.’
    • ‘All sunless tanners contain dihydroxyacetone, the only FDA-approved active ingredient for self-tanning lotions.’
    • ‘If a person wants to add color, they should use sunless tanners in a bottle.’
    • ‘If you have extremely dry skin, moisturise once again just before applying the tanner, to ensure that it goes on smoothly.’
    • ‘Make sure that your skin is completely dry before applying or else the tanner will go on unevenly.’
    • ‘Wearing your favourite bathing suit isn't recommended since the solution of sunless tanner, bronzer and moisturizers can stain clothing.’
    • ‘And for notorious trouble spots like ankles, wrists, hands and knees, a dab of moisturizer rubbed in on top of the tanner will help color blend better.’
    • ‘Applying sunless tanners right after shaving could irritate the skin and hair follicles.’
    • ‘Sunless tanners for the face's thin skin, for example, usually contain less DHA.’
    • ‘Expert correction tips: If you still wind up with dark blotches, hop into the shower after the tanner has finished developing and scrub the dark blotches gently with a loofah.’
    • ‘You go into the shop expecting to find a nice selection of sun protection products and all you see are four feeble bottles of sunscreen in a sea of tanners, bronzers and after sun lotion.’
    • ‘Sunless tanners are lotions and creams you apply to create a nut-brown gloss nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.’
    • ‘When applying the tanner, you'll get the most natural look if you dilute the self-tanner with an equal amount of moisturizer before applying it to your feet, ankles, elbows and knees, as well as to the inside of your arms and under your chin.’
    • ‘Completely harmless to the skin, sunless tanners contain dihydroxyacetone, a colorless sugar that stains the skin.’
    • ‘The nice thing about this line of sunless tanners is that you get results in about 30 minutes, so you can apply it as you're getting ready to go out.’
    • ‘To help avoid streaking, moisturize with a light layer of body lotion and wait for skin to dry completely before using a tanner.’

Pronunciation:

tanner

/ˈtanə/

Main definitions of tanner in English

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tanner2

noun

British
informal, historical
  • A sixpence:

    ‘a tanner for a packet of ten cigarettes’
    • ‘Because everybody's been helping themselves to a tanner here and a fiver there, consequently there is not enough left in the kitty to pay out a pension for people like me who have spent all their life expecting one.’
    • ‘We'll be the ones in the snug muttering about when we were lads kids had proper respect for their parents and you could get a yard of ale for tuppence and still have change from a tanner to see George Formby at the Odeon, etc, etc, etc.’
    • ‘Anger hardened around this basic demand for sixpence an hour - the ‘dockers' tanner’.’
    • ‘The chastened man set off into York, where his tanner bought him cow's liver, half a pound of onions, two penny ‘ducks’ and a packet of Woodbines, providing enough food for two days' dinner.’
    • ‘The vet charges a tanner a time to put them to sleep.’

Origin

Early 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

tanner

/ˈtanə/