Definition of sunburn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsənˌbərn/


Reddening, inflammation, and, in severe cases, blistering and peeling of the skin caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Example sentences
  • For example, a severe sunburn with peeling skin shows p53 in action causing programmed cell death of the skin.
  • Severe sunburn can cause red, sore, tender areas with blistering and peeling.
  • Sun exposure in childhood and having more than one blistering sunburn in childhood are associated with an increased risk of melanoma.

verb (sunburns, sunburning, past and past participle sunburned or sunburnt)

(be sunburned)
1(Of a person or bodily part) suffer from sunburn: most of us managed to get sunburnt
More example sentences
  • The scuffed skate shoes, blonde-streaked ponytails and collars pulled up over sunburned necks were nothing out of the ordinary.
burned, burnt, sunburnt, red, scarlet
1.1 (usually as adjective sunburned or sunburnt) Ruddy from exposure to the sun: a handsome sunburned face
More example sentences
  • You can determine the direction of the grain by locating the brown, sunburned side of the hole (due to the exposed roots) and know the grass is growing in that direction.
  • After telling my story of the previous day and evening and throwing the empty vodka bottle in the trash, a very sunburned Debbie and I, headed out to dinner at the Rockdell.
  • He returned after some time, with a sunburned face.
tanned, suntanned, brown, bronzed, bronze
1.2 [no object] Suffer from sunburn: a complexion that sunburned easily
More example sentences
  • We do know that adults with light skin, light colored hair and eyes, and those who sunburn easily are most likely to get skin cancer.
  • Sitting on the beach, on the north end of Monterosso, we all start to sunburn like Brits on holiday.
  • It is common in people who have red hair and in those who sunburn.

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Syllabification: sun·burn

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