Definition of sunburn in English:

sunburn

Pronunciation /ˈsənˌbərn/

noun

  • Reddening, inflammation, and, in severe cases, blistering and peeling of the skin caused by overexposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

    ‘my hands and face were raw with sunburn’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One severe sunburn early in life doubles the chances of future malignant melanoma.’
    • ‘When I was a kid, I had severe sunburns and skin cancer is in my family.’
    • ‘Children who have had a lot of sunburns or two blistering sunburns are at a greater risk for getting skin cancer.’
    • ‘Severe sunburn in childhood can significantly increase the chances of developing malignant melanoma in later life.’
    • ‘You're likely familiar with two of the more common sun-induced changes to your skin: suntan and sunburn.’
    • ‘Silicon and other minerals in oats help relieve the itching and inflammation of sunburn, says Cox.’
    • ‘Scores of Scots, including several children, needed hospital treatment for severe sunburn during last week's spell of hot weather.’
    • ‘While not as common as sunburn, skin cancer is also caused by over exposure to the sun and can be prevented by the same methods.’
    • ‘Arthritis, asthma and severe skin reactions to poison ivy or sunburn are just some of the disorders these drugs treat.’
    • ‘Finally, a man was admitted to hospital with severe sunburn.’
    • ‘This may result in severe sunburn that eventually may lead to cancer.’
    • ‘UVB causes sunburn and plays a significant role in skin cancers called basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.’
    • ‘Medical authorities recommend such measures to reduce the risk of sunburn and potential skin cancer due to prolonged exposure to the sun.’
    • ‘It is also known that melanoma, a potentially fatal skin cancer, is associated with blistering sunburns in childhood.’
    • ‘Then research showed that a severe sunburn or continuously tanned skin increases a person's chance of developing skin cancer.’
    • ‘These health effects include sunburn, skin cancer, cataracts and immune suppression.’
    • ‘The immediate effect of acute excess UV radiation exposure is well recognized amongst the lay public as severe sunburn.’

verbsunburns, sunburning, sunburned, British sunburnt

  • 1usually be/get sunburnedwith object Cause to be affected with sunburn.

    ‘we got sunburned but didn't realize it because of the breeze’
    ‘I didn't have a hat and sunburned my head.’
    • ‘The scuffed skate shoes, blonde-streaked ponytails and collars pulled up over sunburned necks were nothing out of the ordinary.’
    1. 1.1no object Be or become affected with sunburn.
      ‘those who sunburn easily are most likely to get skin cancer’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This risk is in part compounded when a person has a tendency to sunburn rather than tan and also has a history of cumulative sun exposure.’
      • ‘Avoid hanging them in direct sunlight as their tender leaves and blossoms will soon sunburn and die.’
      • ‘Taking too much off at once starves the roots and may cause new lower leaves to sunburn.’
      • ‘Well, the fairer skinned you are, the easier you sunburn, the more poorly you tan, the higher your risk.’
      • ‘One problem with tretinoin is increased sensitivity to sunburn.’
      • ‘A sunscreen with a SPF of 15 allows one to be outdoors for up to 15 times longer before the skin would sunburn.’
      • ‘He noted that the depigmented areas sunburned easily, causing considerable discomfort and restricting his ability to work outdoors or pursue other outdoor activities.’

Pronunciation

sunburn

/ˈsənˌbərn/