[ peyn-ting ]
/ ˈpeɪn tɪŋ /


a picture or design executed in paints.
the act, art, or work of a person who paints.
the works of art painted in a particular manner, place, or period: a book on Flemish painting.
an instance of covering a surface with paint.

Nearby words

  1. painted turtle,
  2. painted woman,
  3. painter,
  4. painter's colic,
  5. painterly,
  6. paintwork,
  7. painty,
  8. pair,
  9. pair annihilation,
  10. pair bond

Origin of painting

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at paint, -ing1


[ peynt ]
/ peɪnt /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

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British Dictionary definitions for painting


/ (ˈpeɪntɪŋ) /


the art or process of applying paints to a surface such as canvas, to make a picture or other artistic composition
a composition or picture made in this way
the act of applying paint to a surface with a brush


/ (peɪnt) /



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 painting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for painting


[ pānt ]


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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