Definition of tinder
1 : a very flammable substance adaptable for use as kindling
2 : something that serves to incite or inflame that rhetoric was ready tinder for revolution — Margaret Peters
Recent Examples of tinder from the Web
But, the no-nonsense sign straddles that line between serious and cheeky, much like that bad Tinder date bathroom sign which went viral a while back.
An early episode of the show’s second season sees Ansari’s Dev on a series of first Tinder dates: some of them pleasant, a few of them soul-destroying, all of them ultimately fruitless.
Like tinder that didn’t catch immediately, Florida withstood at least four — and perhaps as many as 40 — small but unsustained ignitions of the Zika virus in 2015.
Tinder, everyone’s favorite dating site punchline, recently rolled out a new paid service in an effort to monetize its massive user base.
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Origin and Etymology of tinder
Middle English, from Old English tynder; akin to Old High German zuntra tinder, Old English tendan to kindle
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
TINDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tinder for English Language Learners
: dry material (such as wood or grass) that burns easily and can be used to start a fire
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Definition of tinder for Students
: material that burns easily and can be used as kindling
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