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tinge

[tinj] /tɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), tinged, tingeing or tinging.
1.
to impart a trace or slight degree of some color to; tint.
2.
to impart a slight taste or smell to.
noun
3.
a slight degree of coloration.
4.
a slight admixture, as of some qualifying property or characteristic; trace; smattering:
a tinge of garlic; a tinge of anger.
Origin of tinge
1470-1480
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.
Synonyms
4. hint, shade, nuance, suspicion.
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  • Von Horn looked at him, a tinge of compassion in his rather hard face.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The faintest suspicion of a tinge of color crept into his cheeks.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • If not too large, a tinge of this kind often gives to people a certain fascination.

  • Autumn had begun to tinge the foliage on the banks of Winandermere.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In spite of his smile she saw that there was a tinge of annoyance in the look he fixed upon her.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • She pronounced these words with a smile, which was not altogether without a tinge of irony.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
British Dictionary definitions for tinge

tinge

/tɪndʒ/
noun
1.
a slight tint or colouring: her hair had a tinge of grey
2.
any slight addition
verb (transitive) tinges, tingeing, tinging, tinged
3.
to colour or tint faintly
4.
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
v.

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.

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