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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 tinging (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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for tinge

Synonyms: Noun

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

Synonyms: Verb

bepaint [archaic], color, dye, paint, pigment, stain, tincture, tint

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of tinge in a Sentence


showing a tinge of color dark hair with reddish tinges


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 same fumes that tinge my childhood reminiscences have been poisoning us and our earth all the while. Tony Rehagen, BostonGlobe.com, "Farewell to hot dog rollers and roadside chats: an elegy for the American gas station," 11 July 2019 There’s a political tinge to those details, which presents an illusion of substance and a veneer of social conscience. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Midsommar,” Reviewed: Ari Aster’s Backwards Horror Story of an American Couple in Sweden," 8 July 2019 There was a racial tinge, in that the bill promoted the cause of those seeking to curb migration other than from Northern and Western Europe. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Julian Castro would repeal illegal entry as a crime. Is that an 'open borders' policy?," 6 July 2019 Lately its investments have taken on a political tinge. The Economist, "Gulf states are becoming more adventurous investors," 14 June 2019 Ballads 1—which carries tinges of trap and grunge—is a product of Joji's various musical influences. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joji Is Ready for Liftoff," 17 June 2019 Look for pink-blushed creamy white to red-blush yellow skin and avoid any with soft spots or an overtly greenish tinge near the stem. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "Peach vs. Nectarine: What's the Difference Between the Two?," 30 May 2019 Asian music plays, and the dimness has a noir tinge, as if the hatted man in the corner is concealing a small, dark secret. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Voices of the City: Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar uses her voice to explore herself and others," 29 Mar. 2018 A decade ago, when Jdimytai Damour, a Haitian immigrant worker, was fatally trampled by a mostly African-American crowd during a Walmart Black Friday sale, the press coverage took on a decidedly racial tinge. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The classist vilification of the Black Friday shopper," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But during totality, all of Earth’s sunsets and sunrises trickle through our atmosphere to tinge the moon’s shadowed surface. Korey Haynes, Discover Magazine, "Earth's Moon: The Basics of its Origin, Evolution and Exploration," 12 June 2019 Pastas can tinge exotic, with unexpected notes of clove and nutmeg. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 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


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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English Language Learners Definition of tinge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a slight color, flavor, or quality



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

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


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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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