marked or wet with tears: a tear-stained letter.
showing traces of tears or signs of having wept: tear-stained cheeks.

Origin of tear-stained

First recorded in 1585–95
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  • Jed took the crumpled and tear-stained letter from her hand.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "That is for my sake," said Mrs. Ritson, raising her tear-stained face to listen.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • A group with tear-stained faces were gathered about the smoking imu.

    Legends of Wailuku

    Charlotte Hapai

  • "Yes," she answered, despondently, looking up at me with tear-stained eyes.

    In Direst Peril

    David Christie Murray

  • Swipes and Spuddy, tear-stained and pale, stood by the door, waiting.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White