[in-greynd, in-greynd]
See more synonyms for ingrained on
Also engrained.

Origin of ingrained

First recorded in 1590–1600; ingrain + -ed2
Related formsin·grain·ed·ly [in-grey-nid-lee, -greynd-] /ɪnˈgreɪ nɪd li, -ˈgreɪnd-/, adverbin·grain·ed·ness, nounun·in·grained, adjective


[verb in-greyn; adjective, noun in-greyn]
verb (used with object)
  1. to implant or fix deeply and firmly, as in the nature or mind.
  1. ingrained; firmly fixed.
  2. (of fiber or yarn) dyed in a raw state, before being woven or knitted.
  3. made of fiber or yarn so dyed: ingrain fabric.
  4. (of carpets) made of ingrain yarn and so woven as to show a different pattern on each side; reversible.
  1. yarn, wool, etc., dyed before manufacture.
  2. an ingrain carpet.
Also engrain (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of ingrain

1760–70; orig. phrase (dyed) in grain (i.e., with kermes)

Synonyms for ingrain

See more synonyms for on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ingrained

Contemporary Examples of ingrained

Historical Examples of ingrained

British Dictionary definitions for ingrained



  1. deeply impressed or instilledhis fears are deeply ingrained
  2. (prenominal) complete or inveterate; utteran ingrained fool
  3. (esp of dirt) worked into or through the fibre, grain, pores, etc
Derived Formsingrainedly or engrainedly (ɪnˈɡreɪnɪdlɪ), adverbingrainedness or engrainedness, noun



verb (ɪnˈɡreɪn) (tr)
  1. to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
  2. archaic to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)
adjective (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
  1. variants of ingrained
  2. (of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn
noun (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
    1. a carpet made from ingrained yarn
    2. such yarn

Word Origin for ingrain

C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ingrained



1766, see engrain. Figurative use, of qualities, habits, etc., attested from 1851 (in ingrained). Of dyed carpets, etc., 1766, from in grain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper