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tinge

play
noun \ ˈtinj \

Definition of tinge

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

Examples of tinge in a Sentence

  1. The ink tinged his fingers blue.

  2. just slightly tinge the frosting with yellow food coloring to give it a lemony look

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First Known Use of tinge

1752


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tinge

verb

Definition of tinge

tinged; tingeing or tinging play \ˈtin-jiŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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

Examples of tinge in a Sentence

  1. showing a tinge of color

  2. dark hair with reddish tinges

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Origin and Etymology of tinge

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

tinge Synonyms


TINGE Defined for English Language Learners

tinge

play
verb

Definition of tinge for English Language Learners

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

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


tinge

noun

Definition of tinge for English Language Learners

  • : a slight color, flavor, or quality


TINGE Defined for Kids

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tinge

play
noun \ ˈtinj \

Definition of tinge for Students

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

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tinge

verb

Definition of tinge for Students

tinged; tingeing
:to color or flavor slightly


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