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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
First recorded in 1470-80, tinge is from the Latin word 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Von Horn looked at him, a tinge of compassion in his rather hard face.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Nothing can surpass the rosy hues which tinge the heavens at sunrise.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • If not too large, a tinge of this kind often gives to people a certain fascination.

  • The fur is generally of a blackish-grey hue, washed with a tinge of yellow.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • 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
  • Her cousin glanced at her for a moment with a tinge of uneasy inquiry.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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