verb (used with object) Archaic.

to discolor; stain; sully.

Nearby words

  1. dist. ct.,
  2. distad,
  3. distaff,
  4. distaff side,
  5. distaffer,
  6. distal,
  7. distal myopathy,
  8. distally,
  9. distance,
  10. distance learning

Origin of distain

1350–1400; Middle English desteignen < Anglo-French, Middle French desteign-, stem of desteindre, equivalent to des- dis-1 + teindre < Latin tingere to dye, tinge

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