- 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
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Examples from the Web for tinder
Tinder and OkCupid are both owned by IAC, the parent company of The Daily Beast.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Things began to look up, she said in the post, when she met Phelps, 29, on Tinder.
When you met him on Tinder were you initially thinking of this as a hook-up or a relationship?
The 41-year-old claims she met the Olympic champion on Tinder, and they fell in love.
He juices with vegetables, romances on Tinder, and shops for rustic furniture built with reclaimed materials.Trading Dime Bags for Salvador Dali
October 19, 2014
When he heard the drums he flared up like a spark in the tinder.The Trail Book
It's yersel' knows the tinder feet that's on me since ever I 've bin in this counthry.The Universal Reciter
You see I have the tinder now safely secured in my tinder-box.
Here is the flint, the tinder being contained in this little box.
I want one of these sparks, if I can persuade it to do so, to fall on my tinder.
- dry wood or other easily combustible material used for lighting a fire
- anything inflammatory or dangeroushis speech was tinder to the demonstrators' unrest
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper