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1tinge

transitive verb \ˈtinj\

: to give a small amount of color to (something)

: to give a small amount of some quality to (something)

tingedtinge·ing or ting·ing \ˈtin-jiŋ\

Full Definition of TINGE

1
a :  to color with a slight shade or stain :  tint
b :  to affect or modify with a slight odor or taste
2
:  to affect or modify in character
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Examples of TINGE

  1. The ink tinged his fingers blue.
  2. <just slightly tinge the frosting with yellow food coloring to give it a lemony look>

Origin of TINGE

Latin tingere to dip, moisten, tinge; akin to Greek tengein to moisten and probably to Old High German dunkōn to dip
First Known Use: 1577

2tinge

noun

: a slight color, flavor, or quality

Full Definition of TINGE

1
:  a slight staining or suffusing shade or color
2
:  an affective or modifying property or influence :  touch <a tinge of guilt>

Examples of TINGE

  1. showing a tinge of color
  2. dark hair with reddish tinges

First Known Use of TINGE

1752

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion
TINGE Defined for Kids

1tinge

noun \ˈtinj\
plural ting·es

Definition of TINGE for Kids

:  a slight coloring, flavor, or quality <The walls were gray with a bluish tinge.>

2tinge

verb
tingedtinge·ing

Definition of TINGE for Kids

:  to color or flavor slightly

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