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Definition of tinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


tinged; tingeing or tinging\ ˈtin-​jiŋ How to pronounce tinge (audio) \

Definition of tinge (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for tinge

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of tinge in a Sentence

Noun showing a tinge of color dark hair with reddish tinges Verb The ink tinged his fingers blue. just slightly tinge the frosting with yellow food coloring to give it a lemony look
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Modern and historical fiction, a thriller with a tinge of horror, whip-smart satires and several engrossing memoirs offer multiple selections to read under a beach umbrella or atop a hammock. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 So maybe there was a tinge of sarcasm in that comment, but Tudzin’s humor is a signature component of Hotties’ appeal. Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2022 Every year, there was a tinge of regret for not spending more time in Boston. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2022 Now, real life has started to take on a fantastical tinge: a text generator that can spit out a movie script, or an image generator that can conjure up visuals based on any combination of words. Nitasha Tiku, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 Now, real life has started to take on a fantastical tinge: a text generator that can spit out a movie script, or an image generator that can conjure up visuals based on any combination of words. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 The Russell serves thick chunks of pork butt, grilled and piled together with large timbales of rice and gungo peas, which resemble small kidney beans and lend the rice a pinkish, dirty-rice tinge. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 Just barely a slight sweet tinge with good carbonation. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 Mar. 2022 But there’s a tinge of uncertainty — a tremble of possible tension. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 26 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the Islanders begin their season against the Hurricanes tonight, an air of surrealistic disbelief continues to tinge the memories of their captivating run to the edge of the Stanley Cup Finals last spring. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 By evening, the rain seemed to be gone, replaced by a fiery sunset, as orange flame seemed to tinge the undersides of gray clouds. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 Partisanship would still tinge the selection and confirmation of judges by the president and Senate, however, and ideological extremists could still reach the Supreme Court. Artemus Ward, The Conversation, 6 July 2021 Northeast Ohio area is about a half-inch below normal on rain so far in May, which means our spring-green lawns are starting to tinge brown, and rain barrels are dwindling down to nothing. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 21 May 2021 As a whole, however, the comments offer a sense of the tension that will likely tinge the franchise's forthcoming seasons. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 19 Mar. 2021 Castelmaure Vin-Gris Corbières 2019 Languedoc, France, $17 Traditional southern French grapes grenache, carignan and cinsault, left on their skins just long enough to tinge the juice a pale pink, or gris, color, make up this blend. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2020 But the tribulations that tinge every victory in pursuit of simply being American are the worst of us. R. Eric Thomas, Time, 17 Feb. 2020 The water started to tinge violaceous from the residual blood. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, 23 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of tinge


1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tinge


Latin tingere to dip, moisten, tinge; akin to Greek tengein to moisten and probably to Old High German dunkōn to dip

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“Tinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinge. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tinge


\ ˈtinj How to pronounce tinge (audio) \
plural tinges

Kids Definition of tinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


tinged; tingeing

Kids Definition of tinge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to color or flavor slightly

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