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[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.
Origin of tinder
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
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Examples from the web 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
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Word Origin and History for tinder

"dry, inflammable substance," Old English tynder, related to tendan "to kindle," from Proto-Germanic *tund- "ignite, kindle" (cf. Gothic tandjan, Swedish tända, German zünden).

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