verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of taint1
Definition for taint (2 of 2)
noun Slang: Vulgar.
Origin of taint2
Examples from the Web for taint
Whether the charge will work to sufficiently taint Orman is another issue, says Popkin.As Roberts and Orman Double Down, It’s War in Kansas|Eleanor Clift|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Infiltration, though, may well taint all main rebel factions.
In losing, however, he will taint his possible rivals—including Rand Paul—as pitiful members of the "surrender caucus."
Once successfully in, I can see my Hash 160 and Taint Analysis, among other things.
Random spot checks, so that getting checked carries no taint.
Mrs. Lovell was perdition and its scorching fires to a man with a taint of cowardice in him.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
The taint of alcoholism was in his blood, and matrimony and parentage were not for him.The Missionary|George Griffith
Then, when the wind blew off the seas it frequently brought with it the taint of rotted fish.From Place to Place|Irvin S. Cobb
Who then would agree to secure him from any taint of Arminian heresy in years to come?Ginx's Baby|Edward Jenkins
But, 'taint leavin' all that gold in the gravel that's botherin' me.Connie Morgan in Alaska|James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for taint
Word Origin for taint
Word Origin and History for taint
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.