verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. painkiller,
  2. painless,
  3. painlessly,
  4. pains,
  5. painstaking,
  6. paint black,
  7. paint bridge,
  8. paint horse,
  9. paint oneself into a corner,
  10. paint pot


    paint the town red, Informal. to celebrate boisterously, especially by making a round of stops at bars and nightclubs.Also paint the town.

Origin of paint

1200–50; Middle English peinten (v.) < Old French peint, past participle of peindre < Latin pingere to paint; see picture

Related formspaint·a·ble, adjectivepaint·less, adjectiveout·paint, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for paint the town



a substance used for decorating or protecting a surface, esp a mixture consisting of a solid pigment suspended in a liquid, that when applied to a surface dries to form a hard coating
a dry film of paint on a surface
the solid pigment of a paint before it is suspended in liquid
informal face make-up, such as rouge
short for greasepaint


to make (a picture) of (a figure, landscape, etc) with paint applied to a surface such as canvas
to coat (a surface) with paint, as in decorating
(tr) to apply (liquid) onto (a surface)her mother painted the cut with antiseptic
(tr) to apply make-up onto (the face, lips, etc)
(tr) to describe vividly in words
paint the town red informal to celebrate uninhibitedly; go on a spree
Derived Formspainty, adjective

Word Origin for paint

C13: from Old French peint painted, from peindre to paint, from Latin pingere to paint, adorn

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Word Origin and History for paint the town
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Medicine definitions for paint the town




A solution or suspension of one or more medicaments applied to the skin with a brush or large applicator.


To apply medicine to; swab.

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