verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- paint black,
- paint bridge,
- paint horse,
- paint oneself into a corner,
- paint pot
Origin of paint
Examples from the Web for paint
U.S. spies are worried the long-awaited Senate review will paint targets on their backs.CIA Offers New Security Checks for ‘Torture Report’ Spies|Shane Harris, Kimberly Dozier|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I want to paint what I feel,” he said to Theo, “and feel what I paint.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The idea of being able to paint together was the direction we were all hinting toward anyway.
Reagan proceeds to paint a grim picture of the State of the Union, starting with the economy and moving to Vietnam.
Picasso went on to paint some of the most influential and lucrative paintings of the 20th century.
Experience, at this rate, would be much like a paint of which the world pictures were made.Essays in Radical Empiricism|William James
He began to paint very early in life, and at the age of seventeen he took a studio of his own.
And if you can paint it you can paint all the leaves in the world.'The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
Some repairers use a hastily made solution of powdered colour such as burnt umber, and paint or rub it into the wood.The Repairing & Restoration of Violins|Horace Petherick
For a person,” said I, “who most unfortunately has lost his shadow, could you paint a false one?Peter Schlemihl etc.|Adelbert Chamisso
Word Origin for paint
early 13c., "represent in painting or drawing, portray;" early 14c., "paint the surface of, color, stain;" from Old French peintier "to paint," from peint, past participle of peindre "to paint," from Latin pingere "to paint, represent in a picture, stain; embroider, tattoo," from PIE root *peig-/*peik- "to cut" (cf. Sanskrit pimsati "hews out, cuts, carves, adorns," Old Church Slavonic pila "file, saw," Lithuanian pela "file"). Sense evolution between PIE and Latin was, presumably, from "decorate with cut marks" to "decorate" to "decorate with color." Cf. Sanskrit pingah "reddish," pesalah "adorned, decorated, lovely," Old Church Slavonic pegu "variegated;" Greek poikilos "variegated;" Old High German fehjan "to adorn;" Old Church Slavonic pisati, Lithuanian piesiu "to write." Probably also representing the "cutting" branch of the family is Old English feol (see file (n.)).
To paint the town (red) "go on a spree" first recorded 1884; to paint (someone or something) black "represent it as wicked or evil" is from 1590s. Adjective paint-by-numbers "simple" is attested by 1970; the art-for-beginners kits themselves date to c.1953.
late 13c. (in compounds), "that with which something is painted," from paint (v.). Of rouge, make-up, etc., from 1650s. Paint brush attested from 1827.