[ tinj ]
/ tɪndʒ /

verb (used with object), tinged, tinge·ing or ting·ing.

to impart a trace or slight degree of some color to; tint.
to impart a slight taste or smell to.


a slight degree of coloration.
a slight admixture, as of some qualifying property or characteristic; trace; smattering: a tinge of garlic; a tinge of anger.

Origin of tinge

First recorded in 1470–80, tinge is from the Latin word tingere to dye, color


in·ter·tinge, verb (used with object), in·ter·tinged, in·ter·tinge·ing or in·ter·ting·ing.re·tinge, verb (used with object), re·tinged, re·tinge·ing or re·ting·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for tinge

/ (tɪndʒ) /


a slight tint or colouringher hair had a tinge of grey
any slight addition

verb tinges, tingeing, tinging or tinged (tr)

to colour or tint faintly
to impart a slight trace toher thoughts were tinged with nostalgia

Word Origin for tinge

C15: from Latin tingere to colour
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