Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

paint

play
verb \ˈpānt\

Simple Definition of paint

  • : to cover (something) with paint : to put paint on (something)

  • : to make (a picture or design) by using paints

  • : to describe (someone or something) in a particular way

Full Definition of paint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to apply color, pigment, or paint to (2) :  to color with a cosmetic b (1) :  to apply with a movement resembling that used in painting (2) :  to treat with a liquid by brushing or swabbing <paint the wound with iodine>

  3. 2 a (1) :  to produce in lines and colors on a surface by applying pigments (2) :  to depict by such lines and colors b :  to decorate, adorn, or variegate by applying lines and colors c :  to produce or evoke as if by painting <paints glowing pictures of the farm>

  4. 3 :  to touch up or cover over by or as if by painting

  5. 4 :  to depict as having specified or implied characteristics <paints them whiter than the evidence justifies — Oliver La Farge>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to practice the art of painting

  8. 2 :  to use cosmetics

Examples of paint

  1. I need to paint the bookcase.

  2. We're going to paint the room yellow.

  3. The classroom wall was painted with clouds and rainbows.

  4. He painted that portrait of his wife.

  5. She painted the landscape on a square canvas.

  6. I like to draw and my sister likes to paint.

  7. The beauty of the world inspires me to paint.

  8. He paints mostly in oils.

  9. The study paints a bleak picture of the effects of pollution on animal life.



Origin of paint

Middle English, from Anglo-French paint, peint, past participle of peindre, from Latin pingere to tattoo, embroider, paint; akin to Old English fāh variegated, Greek poikilos variegated, pikros sharp, bitter


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with paint


2

paint

noun

Simple Definition of paint

  • : a liquid that dries to form a thin colored layer when it is spread on a surface

  • : a layer of dried paint on a surface

Full Definition of paint

  1. 1 :  the action of painting :  something produced by painting

  2. 2 :  makeup; especially :  a cosmetic to add color

  3. 3 a (1) :  a mixture of a pigment and a suitable liquid to form a closely adherent coating when spread on a surface in a thin coat (2) :  the pigment used in this mixture especially when in the form of a cake <a box of paints> b :  an applied coating of paint

  4. 4 :  a powerful muscular pinto having quarter horse or Thoroughbred ancestry; broadly :  pinto —called also paint horse

  5. 5 :  free throw lane

  6. 6 :  computer-generated color design <a paint program>

Examples of paint

  1. Apply paint to the canvas in a series of short strokes.

  2. I need more blue paint.

  3. The old walls are coated with several layers of paint.

  4. a can of latex paint

  5. The house needs a fresh coat of paint.

  6. The store sells many different paints.

  7. Did you chip the paint?

  8. The car's paint is cracking.



1602

First Known Use of paint

1602

Other Paints and Dyes Terms



PAINT Defined for Kids

1

paint

play
verb \ˈpānt\

Definition of paint

paint·edpaint·ing

  1. 1 :  to cover a surface with or as if with paint <I'm painting the wall.>

  2. 2 :  to make a picture or design by using paints

  3. 3 :  to describe clearly <The report painted an encouraging picture of restored habitats.>

paint·er noun



2

paint

play
noun

Definition of paint

  1. :  a mixture of coloring matter with a liquid that forms a dry coating when spread on a surface





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up paint? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ