Definition of tanorexia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtanəˈreksēə/


An obsessive desire to acquire and maintain a suntan, by natural or artificial methods.
Example sentences
  • People with tanorexia have tanned skin but look into the mirror and see themselves as too pale.
  • These days there is even a term for tan addiction - tanorexia - because of the amount of young people putting themselves at risk.
  • And for the first time I began to miss my old life, my old self-obsessed, narcissistic, no room-for-anyone-else-but-me kind of life filled with my own depressing issues of self-hate, loneliness and tanorexia.



Pronunciation: /ˌtanəˈreksik/
noun & adjective
Example sentences
  • Lynne, a 28-year-old law student from Glasgow, is a typical tanorexic.
  • A consultant psychiatrist at Parkhead Hospital in Glasgow, he has treated a number of tanorexics.
  • One thinks of tanorexic women with badly-coloured hair, Latino machismo on Miami Beach, poodles and overdressed cocktails.


1980s: blend of tan1 (sense 1 of the noun) and anorexia.

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Syllabification: tan·o·rex·i·a

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