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

Nearby words

  1. tear strip,
  2. tear-gas,
  3. tear-jerker,
  4. tear-off,
  5. tear-out,
  6. tearaway,
  7. teardown,
  8. teardrop,
  9. tearful,
  10. tearfully

Origin of tear-stained

First recorded in 1585–95

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