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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 Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival brought a flair of emo with a tinge of modern rock to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Sunday in the festival's first go-around. Houston Chronicle, "Disrupt Festival brings high energy, emo back to Houston," 27 June 2019 But the form still has a tinge of kitsch, its extravagant morbidity shading into camp or humor. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 Yes, August carries with it a tinge of despair (September lurks), but the earth’s gifts offer a more optimistic take. Bon Appétit, "Run, Don’t Walk, For Runner Beans," 15 Aug. 2019 Sturridge, playing a British commercial photographer with a charming working-class tinge to his voice, opens the play sipping a pint while sitting atop a brick wall and making eye contact with members of the audience, or seeming to. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On Broadway, a Stagy Kind of Mourning," 9 Aug. 2019 Other dishes see a more eclectic tinge, incorporating ingredients like miso and XO sauce. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Say goodbye to Boot & Shoe Service and hello to Sister," 8 July 2019 Could be a tinge of the Samson Complex also; manifested in the compulsion to re-enact the experience of betrayal by women, followed by destructive attacks of rage against others, and ultimately against their own tormented selves. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Video shows Palo Alto police rough up man suspected of driving with suspended license," 23 July 2019 Her voice raspy with a tinge of Chicana cadence bouncing off her Bauer bowls and pouring out of the doorway. Illyanna Maisonet, SFChronicle.com, "An ode to the soulful magic of simple beans," 19 July 2019 Most of the main dishes at Saz are served with large timbales of either white rice or rice and gungo peas, which resemble small kidney beans and lend the rice a pinkish, dirty-rice tinge. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Saz Jamaican Restaurant, Newington," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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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