paint

[ peynt ]
/ peɪnt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    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)
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British Dictionary definitions for paint the town red

paint

/ (peɪnt) /

noun

verb

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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Medicine definitions for paint the town red

paint

[ pānt ]

n.

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

v.

To apply medicine to; swab.
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Culture definitions for paint the town red

paint the town red


To go carousing: “Arnie and a few of his buddies drove off in a big car Friday night and really painted the town red.”

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Idioms and Phrases with paint the town red

paint the town red


Go on a spree, as in Whenever they go to New York they want to paint the town red. The precise allusion of this term is disputed. Some believe it refers to setting something on fire; others point to a vague association of the color red with violence. [Late 1800s]

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