verb (used with object)

to apply a tint or tints to; color slightly or delicately; tinge.

Nearby words

  1. tinselly,
  2. tinselry,
  3. tinseltown,
  4. tinsmith,
  5. tinstone,
  6. tint tool,
  7. tintack,
  8. tintagel head,
  9. tinter,
  10. tintinnabular

Origin of tint

First recorded in 1710–20; variant of tinct

Related forms
Can be confusedcolor hue shade tint

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British Dictionary definitions for tint



a shade of a colour, esp a pale one
a colour that is softened or desaturated by the addition of white
a tinge
a semipermanent dye for the hair
a trace or hinta tint of jealousy in his voice
engraving uniform shading, produced esp by hatching
printing a panel of colour serving as a background to letters or other matter


(tr) to colour or tinge
(tr) to change or influence slightlyhis answer was tinted by his prior knowledge
(intr) to acquire a tint
Derived Formstinter, noun

Word Origin for tint

C18: from earlier tinct

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