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Tarzan

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Definition fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his novel, Tarzan of the Apes and used in numerous sequels, films, and television series; a baby boy raised by apes and growing up a heroic jungle adventurer (1912)

As a common noun, tarzan is occasionally used (sometimes with irony) to reference a man of great strength and agility.
  • When we slowed to a walk at the edge of the schoolyard, Jem was careful to explain that during school hours I was not to bother him, I was not to approach him with requests to enact a chapter of Tarzan and the Ant Men, to embarrass him with references to his private life, or tag along behind him at recess and noon.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
Tarzan = fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his novel, Tarzan of the Apes and used in numerous sequels, films, and television series; a baby boy raised by apes and growing up a heroic jungle adventurer (1912)
  • He played the character parts formerly thrust upon me— the ape in Tarzan, Mr. Crabtree in The Rover Boys, Mr. Damon in Tom Swift.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Tarzan = fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his novel, Tarzan of the Apes and used in numerous sequels, films, and television series; a baby boy raised by apes and growing up a heroic jungle adventurer (1912)
  • I never thought it as much fun as Tarzan, and I played that summer with more than vague anxiety despite Jem's assurances that Boo Radley was dead and nothing would get me, with him and Calpurnia there in the daytime and Atticus home at night.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Tarzan = fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in his novel, Tarzan of the Apes and used in numerous sequels, films, and television series; a baby boy raised by apes and growing up a heroic jungle adventurer (1912)
  • I felt like a combination of Tarzan and Romeo.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • It wasn't strong, he couldn't use it to pull a Tarzan and swing from a tree, but it should hold the raft to the plane.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • Michael gets a notion in his head that this is Africa and keeps asking, Where's Tarzan?
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • His eyes were dark and a little ferocious when he wasn't smiling—kind of a Tarzan look, if Tarzan came in extra-small Latino.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • And he started calling elephants like Tarzan does in the movie, "Aghhh-uhhhh-uhhhh-uhhhhhhh-hh—"
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • This is the tree we chose for the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • He was imitating Tarzan and going AaaaaaaaayaaaaaaaaaH!
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • All anyone seems to know about when it comes to Africa is Tarzan MAMA.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • It kind of makes him look like Tarzan, don't you think?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Tarzan was their favorite comic.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944
  • He only wore a piece of cloth around his middle, like Tarzan, so we could see his hairy legs and belly and back and arms.
    Darren Shan  --  A Living Nightmare
  • "You can't be Tarzan," said Jem.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I thought she was swinging, like Tarzan from a vine, on the TV.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • My brother and I played often in our jungle, even pretending to be Tarzan (Rano mastered the Tarzan yell from the movies).
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • It was supposed to be for Tarzan.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • There was a water-damaged Faulkner, and the nearly complete set of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • People who'd never been closer to Africa than a Tarzan movie were speaking broken Swahili.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe

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