- 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
Synonyms for tinge
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- 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 for tinge
C15: from Latin tingere to colour
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
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.
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