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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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If there’s clearing, that portion of the person’s skin will take on a bluish tinge, Dr. Johnson observes. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, "What Does a Lyme Disease Rash Really Look Like? These Pictures Explain It," 1 July 2020 Masks have indeed taken on a political tinge, as expressed both in party breaks and in relation to the broader public. CBS News, "Record number of Americans say fight against coronavirus going badly — CBS News poll," 28 June 2020 But this summer, forget the peroxide-blonde connotation, and consider lifting your dark strands just a tinge to a softer, golden brown. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Salma Hayek’s New Sun-Kissed Highlights Are Summer Hair Goals," 18 June 2020 The town's reputation took on a racist tinge half a century ago because Robert Miles, a former Grand Dragon of Michigan's Ku Klux Klan, lived on a farm 10 miles north of Howell. From Staff Reports, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit protests remain calm, as politicians like Gov. Whitmer push for reforms," 5 June 2020 This fairytale nightmare of a song is full of the hallmarks of her style: an R&B croon to the voice, a dark tinge to the music, a big dollop of longing. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know This Week: Go Day Drinking With Chloe Lilac & Hear The Best Song By A 14-Year-Old," 23 Mar. 2020 Wayne conveys this tension subtly but palpably – the narrator is looking back at this time (the story is set in 1996 and 1997) with a tinge of remorse. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "Review: Teddy Wayne's 'Apartment' a savvy novel about class and male friendship," 24 Feb. 2020 By the fall, rumors spread that this would happen between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and in some places these rumors took on the mystical tinge of the biblical Great Jubilee and Revelations. Daniel R. Mandell, Time, "How the Civil War Changed the Way Americans Thought About Economic Inequality," 7 Apr. 2020 But there’s also a tinge of irony with Nigerian authorities relying on support from a tech industry that has flourished in spite of the government’s broad lack of support. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Tech startups are joining Nigeria’s fight against coronavirus," 30 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Chill this $10 rosé to sip as the weather warms," 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, "'Anything Good in This Country Has Had to Be Wrestled Free.' What Whitney Houston's Rendition of the National Anthem Taught Me About America," 17 Feb. 2020 The water started to tinge violaceous from the residual blood. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, "Making sausage an art in Puerto Rico, and a treasured memory in a California childhood," 23 Oct. 2019 The white water would tinge red from the bedrock sandstone, and ominous rumbling sounds would be heard as boulders the size of cars belched from one of the spillways into the river. John D'anna, azcentral, "For a while in 1983, sheets of plywood were all that kept the mighty Glen Canyon Dam from overflowing," 18 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of tinge was in 1577

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4 Jul 2020

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“Tinge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinge. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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)


\ 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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