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[tinj] /tɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), tinged, tingeing or tinging.
to impart a trace or slight degree of some color to; tint.
to impart a slight taste or smell to.
a slight degree of coloration.
a slight admixture, as of some qualifying property or characteristic; trace; smattering:
a tinge of garlic; a tinge of anger.
Origin of tinge
1470-80; < Latin tingere to dye, color
Related forms
intertinge, verb (used with object), intertinged, intertingeing or intertinging.
retinge, verb (used with object), retinged, retingeing or retinging.
4. hint, shade, nuance, suspicion. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tinge
  • To my delight, the color didn't fade with cooking, though it did take on a maroon tinge.
  • The newly freed sulfur atoms would then change color and lend the area its distinctive tinge.
  • In the fresh state it is of a pinkish tinge at the pyloric end, and of a red or reddish-brown color over the rest of its surface.
  • Color vision is difficult under low light, and white best reflects the mainly bluish tinge of evening light.
  • Silvery white, sometimes tinge with a cream or salmon color near where the two halves meet.
  • Choose leaves that are crisp and fresh and have a deep green color, with no yellow tinge.
  • But the various theories have a distinctly sectarian tinge.
  • Typically, those who are running for high office tinge their lengthy discussions of policy with a patina of piety.
  • When shooting indoor pictures of people, some of their faces have a slightly reddish tinge.
  • Grenadine adds a pretty coral tinge to this easy mix of guava, lime, and rum.
British Dictionary definitions for tinge


a slight tint or colouring: her hair had a tinge of grey
any slight addition
verb (transitive) tinges, tingeing, tinging, tinged
to colour or tint faintly
to impart a slight trace to: her thoughts were tinged with nostalgia
Word Origin
C15: from Latin tingere to colour
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Word Origin and History for tinge

late 15c., "to dye, color slightly," from Latin tingere "to dye, color," originally "to moisten" (see tincture). Related: Tinged. The noun is first recorded 1752.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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