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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. 2018.
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  • The faintest suspicion of a tinge of color crept into his cheeks.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "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 Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "I wish I could be as cool-headed as Thomas," she said, with a tinge of petulance.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • 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


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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