1 of 2


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


2 of 2


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

transitive verb

: to color with a slight shade or stain : tint
: to affect or modify with a slight odor or taste
: to affect or modify in character

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
More traditional formulas tend to have a watery consistency and are designed to absorb quickly into the pout and provide lips with a tinge of color without any surface texture. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 Lawns and pavements in northern and western areas showed a white tinge. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2024 The formula feels weightless on the skin and creates a subtle tinge of color with a more natural-looking finish. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 Providing dressing guidelines has become a sophisticated trend, injecting creativity and a tinge of rebellion into what typically would be defined as a traditional celebration. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 20 Dec. 2023 But by that point, the reunion has already taken on a peculiar sadness, a tinge of unreality that only a cruel shock of daylight and the tears on your pillow will be able to explain. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The complex chemical soup responsible for this ghost even added a yellow-orange tinge to its green glow. Robin George Andrews, New York Times, 12 Dec. 2023 The palomas are balanced nicely, with a slight bitter tinge from the grapefruit juice. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 16 Dec. 2023 Yoshi’s voice has an impressive versatility, and her sound possesses a powerful sensuality with a tinge of innocence. Shraddha Borawake, SPIN, 11 Dec. 2023
Was that concern tinged with fears about the kind of people who might be incarcerated, and their families? TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 Some experts still say the requests are tinged with too much political influence, which can affect how projects are selected and distract from larger spending issues. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 Magic Johnson Credits Wife Cookie for Her Steadfast Support During HIV Diagnosis: 'God Really Blessed Me' Over the weekend, the retired athlete savored the moments from his and Cookie's Turks and Caicos trip, which was tinged with a mixture of gratitude and a touch of retail therapy. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 Beyond them stretched a bright blue sky, and mountains tinged with yellow. Katie Myers, WIRED, 20 Jan. 2024 The excitement and triumph surrounding the latest work, however, is also tinged with sadness. Quanta Magazine, 4 Jan. 2024 The inauguration was thus tinged by legal wrangling and tensions, just like almost every day since Arévalo's resounding Aug. 20 election victory. TIME, 15 Jan. 2024 Queeny Lime zinnia has lime green petals tinged with purple-pink for an almost fluorescent effect. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Jan. 2024 As these immigrants establish new lives in Taiwan, some confront a reality tinged with frustration. Kanis Leung and Johnson Lai, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tinge was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Tinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinge. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
tinged; tingeing or tinging ˈtin-jiŋ How to pronounce tinge (audio)
: to color or flavor slightly


2 of 2 noun
: a slight coloring, flavor, or quality
a reddish tinge
a tinge of mystery

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