tinge

noun
\ˈtinj \

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

tinge

verb
tinged; tingeing or tinging\ˈtin-jiŋ \

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for tinge

Synonyms: Noun

cast, color, hue, shade, tincture, tint, tone

Synonyms: Verb

color, dye, paint, pigment, stain, tincture, tint

Antonyms: Verb

decolorize

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The flashbacks play out in a mock-heroic style with tinges of magic realism — a leopard emerging from the forest at an opportune moment, a gang boss punishing his enemies in a particularly crushing manner. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: The Criminal Life in Mumbai in ‘Sacred Games’," 6 July 2018 For Gulati, too, Wednesday’s win allowed him to come full circle from the Qatar defeat—though not without its own tinges of bittersweet. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "World Cup 2026 Vote Provides the Jolt U.S. Soccer Sorely Needed," 13 June 2018 Fear of such a tinge does not suffice to show that revealing the client’s identity would be tantamount to exposing the purposes for which the client sought legal advice. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Hannity Standard," 19 Apr. 2018 The voyage of the Peak Pegasus lent an absurd but fitting tinge to the beginning of what could be a very serious trade war between the United States and China. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Trump Might Lose His Trade War With China," 9 July 2018 In addition to hurting, your eye has taken on a pink or red tinge. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is When to See a Doctor About Eye Pain ASAP," 19 June 2018 Local restaurants donate vegetables for Romero to use as dyes (her first dye came from the pit of an avocado, which creates a pink-honey tinge when boiled), and neighbors come to Romero with their goods. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "This Natural Dyeing Service Will Give Your Sheets and Towels a Second Life," 1 July 2018 While Nike's Magista boot, which has previously been worn by the likes of Andrés Iniesta and Mario Götze, will be given a Crimson Red tinge this summer. SI.com, "PHOTOS: Nike Launch Brilliant New 'Just Do It' World Cup Boot Pack as Russia 2018 Looms," 9 May 2018 Many people experience a tinge of shame upon realizing that their child has a headful of lice, even though having them is not whatsoever associated with poor hygiene. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "This 3-Step Natural Head Lice Remedy Works For My Family Every Time," 15 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also, the public disappointment of making a run at Kelly and being passed over for UCLA will tinge the way many view this coaching search and ultimate hire. Ryan Young, ajc, "Florida names Dan Mullen new Gators football coach," 26 Nov. 2017 This leads us to the third element: Trump, like Stalin, tends to tinge the idea of expertise with class resentment. M.t. Anderson, Slate Magazine, "In a Regime of Lies," 18 Jan. 2017 The metals, including bronze, seem to tinge the light warmly. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "How Do You Add to Versailles? Bravely," 5 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of tinge

Noun

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tinge

Verb

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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More Definitions for tinge

tinge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

tinge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tinge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slight color, flavor, or quality

tinge

noun
\ˈtinj \
plural tinges

Kids Definition of tinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tinge

verb
tinged; tingeing

Kids Definition of tinge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to color or flavor slightly

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