\ ˈpānt How to pronounce paint (audio) \
painted; painting; paints

Definition of paint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a(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
2a(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
3 : to touch up or cover over by or as if by painting
4 : to depict as having specified or implied characteristics paints them whiter than the evidence justifies— Oliver La Farge

intransitive verb

1 : to practice the art of painting
2 : to use cosmetics



Definition of paint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of painting : something produced by painting
2 : makeup especially : a cosmetic to add color
3a(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 or paint horse : a horse marked with patches of white and another color : pinto specifically : american paint horse
6 : color manipulation on a computer screen in a manner reminiscent of painting usually used before another noun a paint program

Examples of paint in a Sentence

Verb I need to paint the bookcase. We're going to paint the room yellow. The classroom wall was painted with clouds and rainbows. He painted that portrait of his wife. She painted the landscape on a square canvas. I like to draw and my sister likes to paint. The beauty of the world inspires me to paint. He paints mostly in oils. The study paints a bleak picture of the effects of pollution on animal life. Noun Apply paint to the canvas in a series of short strokes. I need more blue paint. The old walls are coated with several layers of paint. a can of latex paint The house needs a fresh coat of paint. The store sells many different paints. Did you chip the paint? The car's paint is cracking. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On graffiti, the city would spend $1.6 million more than last year by adding six new employees and buying new vehicles and other equipment to help paint over the scrawls more quickly. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2022 The GIs washed the vehicles and equipment so Pasley and Stidham could paint them a dull green, covering the familiar desert tan. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 10 June 2022 Artists Luc Vidier, who is originally from France, and Crete Woman’s Club member Julia Oehmke of Crete plan to paint in the St. John garden during the walk. Jessi Virtusio, Chicago Tribune, 9 June 2022 This summer’s work was going to pay to paint the back of the house. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 There’s a station where people can paint their own succulent plants as well, along with cookies that have words of affirmation stickers and lemonade. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 June 2022 Routt runs Fishers Rocks, a Facebook group with 1,300 members who paint rocks and hide them outside in parks and on trails or inside at stores or libraries. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2022 The ready-for-the-floor art-pop adventure sees the D.C.-born band and its collaborators paint liberally with jangly guitar, traveling bass lines, drum machine patter, and synths that shimmer one moment and wallop the next. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 That includes protecting customers against toxic content that could be upsetting or paint your brand in a negative light. Brian Hannon, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Virtually all of its volume comes from the Model 3 and Model Y and feature a minimal choice in trim options such as paint color, rims, and interior. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 23 June 2022 Rust-toned paint color is dressed up by a brass faucet. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 22 June 2022 The example that Paolo styled features a special two-tone paint job, with dark blue and light blue down split up by an orange pinstripe. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 June 2022 The configurations include versions of the current paint scheme, according to a person familiar with the matter. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 10 June 2022 The paint job that former President Donald Trump ordered is a major liability. Allison Morrow, CNN, 9 June 2022 Playing with the paint scheme—Benjamin Moore Black Panther in a flat finish on the bottom half of the wall and PPG Hot Stone on the stop—creates some visual interest without fussy pattern. Christine Lennon, Sunset Magazine, 8 June 2022 After all, there aren’t many—or any?—readily available public photos of a fighter with this particular paint job. David Axe, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Leffler, who was outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is best known for parading around in an antique tractor adorned with a patriotic paint job. ABC News, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of paint


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for 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

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More Definitions for paint


\ ˈpānt How to pronounce paint (audio) \
painted; painting

Kids Definition of paint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cover a surface with or as if with paint I'm painting the wall.
2 : to make a picture or design by using paints
3 : to describe clearly The report painted an encouraging picture of restored habitats.

Other Words from paint

painter noun



Kids Definition of paint (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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