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
Related formsin·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.

Synonyms for tinge

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tinge

Contemporary Examples of tinge

Historical Examples of tinge

  • The faintest suspicion of a tinge of color crept into his cheeks.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • "You will if you wait," advised Farrell, a tinge of asperity in his tone.


    W. A. Fraser

  • Von Horn looked at him, a tinge of compassion in his rather hard face.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Autumn had begun to tinge the foliage on the banks of Winandermere.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "I wish I could be as cool-headed as Thomas," she said, with a tinge of petulance.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for tinge



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tinge

late 15c., "to dye, color slightly," from Latin tingere "to dye, color," originally "to moisten" (see tincture). Related: Tinged. The noun is first recorded 1752.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper