- the area between the testicles or vulva and the anus; the perineum.
Origin of taint2
- to affect or be affected by pollution or contaminationoil has tainted the water
- to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
- a defect or flawa taint on someone's reputation
- a trace of contamination or infection
Word Origin for taint
Word Origin and History for t'aint
1570s, "to corrupt, contaminate," also "to touch, tinge, imbue slightly" (1590s), from Middle English teynten "to convict, prove guilty" (late 14c.), partly from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre "to touch upon, seize" (see attainder). Also from Anglo-French teinter "to color, dye" (early 15c.), from Old French teint (12c.), past participle of teindre "to dye, color," from Latin tingere (see tincture). Related: Tainted; tainting.