tinder

[tin-der]
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noun
  1. a highly flammable material or preparation formerly used for catching the spark from a flint and steel struck together for fire or light.
  2. any dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark.

Origin of tinder

before 900; Middle English; Old English tynder; akin to German Zunder, Old Norse tundr, Old English -tendan (as in ātendan to set on fire), Gothic tundnan to catch fire, German -zünden in entzünden to kindle
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Related Words for tinder

fuel, kindling, wood, punk

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British Dictionary definitions for tinder

tinder

noun
  1. dry wood or other easily combustible material used for lighting a fire
  2. anything inflammatory or dangeroushis speech was tinder to the demonstrators' unrest
Derived Formstindery, adjective

Word Origin for tinder

Old English tynder; related to Old Norse tundr, Old High German zuntara
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Word Origin and History for tinder
n.

"dry, inflammable substance," Old English tynder, related to tendan "to kindle," from Proto-Germanic *tund- "ignite, kindle" (cf. Gothic tandjan, Swedish tända, German zünden).

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