Today's Word of the Day means...


[tin-der] /ˈtɪn dər/
a highly flammable material or preparation formerly used for catching the spark from a flint and steel struck together for fire or light.
any dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark.
before 900; Middle English; Old English tynder; akin to German Zunder, Old Norse tundr, Old English -tendan (as in ātendan to set on fire), Gothic tundnan to catch fire, German -zünden in entzünden to kindle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for tinder
  • It could be used as a dandy doorstop, or a stepstool, or tinder for a really good fire.
  • Nobody wants to drive their family around in a rolling tinder box.
  • The tinder that sparked last summer's rioting remains in plentiful supply.
  • Trees respond to this stress by shedding leaves, creating openings in the forest canopy and adding tinder to the forest floor.
  • Khan is correct, however, in pointing out that a vast stock of tinder has gathered.
British Dictionary definitions for tinder


dry wood or other easily combustible material used for lighting a fire
anything inflammatory or dangerous his speech was tinder to the demonstrators' unrest
Derived Forms
tindery, adjective
Word Origin
Old English tynder; related to Old Norse tundr, Old High German zuntara
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tinder
"dry, inflammable substance," O.E. tynder, related to tendan "to kindle," from P.Gmc. *tund- "ignite, kindle" (cf. Goth. tandjan, Swed. tända, Ger. zünden). Tinderbox "box in which tinder and flint are kept" is recorded from 1530; fig. sense of " 'inflammable' person or thing" is attested from 1598.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for tinder

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tinder

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with tinder