[ tahr-nish ]
/ ˈtɑr nɪʃ /
verb (used with object)
to dull the luster of (a metallic surface), especially by oxidation; discolor.
to diminish or destroy the purity of; stain; sully: The scandal tarnished his reputation.
verb (used without object)
to grow dull or discolored; lose luster.
to become sullied.
a tarnished coating.
tarnished condition; discoloration; alteration of the luster of a metal.
a stain or blemish.
Words nearby tarnish
Origin of tarnish
1590–1600; < Middle French terniss-, long stem of ternir to dull, deaden, derivative of terne dull, wan < Germanic; compare Old High German tarni, cognate with Old Saxon derni, Old English dierne hidden, obscure; see -ish2
OTHER WORDS FROM tarnish
tar·nish·a·ble, adjectivean·ti·tar·nish, adjectivean·ti·tar·nish·ing, adjectivenon·tar·nish·a·ble, adjective
non·tar·nished, adjectivenon·tar·nish·ing, adjectiveun·tar·nish·a·ble, adjectiveun·tar·nished, adjectiveun·tar·nish·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for untarnishable
/ (ˈtɑːnɪʃ) /
to lose or cause to lose the shine, esp by exposure to air or moisture resulting in surface oxidation; discoloursilver tarnishes quickly
to stain or become stained; taint or spoila fraud that tarnished his reputation
a tarnished condition, surface, or film
Derived forms of tarnishtarnishable, adjectivetarnisher, noun
Word Origin for tarnish
C16: from Old French ternir to make dull, from terne lustreless, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German tarnen to conceal, Old English dierne hidden
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