- 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
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Examples from the Web for tinge
We want to follow her as we would our own friend, a tinge of jealousy and all.The Improbable Rise of Rita Ora: A Guide for the Modern-Day Celebrity
May 5, 2014
Watch as the masses of people look at the camera with both curiosity and a tinge of fear.1920's London: In Color
May 15, 2013
Yet the time frame unquestionably infuses Moonrise Kingdom with more than a tinge of melancholy.‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Review: Wes Anderson Opens Cannes Film Festival
May 17, 2012
He would probably suffer a tinge of regret that he never thought to market his look.America's First Modern Celebrity
Laura Skandera Trombley
March 20, 2010
The faintest suspicion of a tinge of color crept into his cheeks.Her Father's Daughter
"You will if you wait," advised Farrell, a tinge of asperity in his tone.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Von Horn looked at him, a tinge of compassion in his rather hard face.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Autumn had begun to tinge the foliage on the banks of Winandermere.Night and Morning, Complete
"I wish I could be as cool-headed as Thomas," she said, with a tinge of petulance.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- a slight tint or colouringher hair had a tinge of grey
- any slight addition
- to colour or tint faintly
- to impart a slight trace toher thoughts were tinged with nostalgia
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.