verb (used with object)

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

Origin of tint

First recorded in 1710–20; variant of tinct
Related formsnon·tint·ed, adjectiveo·ver·tint, verbo·ver·tint, nounre·tint, verb (used with object)un·tint·ed, adjectivewell-tint·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcolor hue shade tint
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Examples from the Web for untinted

Historical Examples of untinted

  • There she is, a lily of the valley, untinted, needing no tint.


    Charlotte Bront

  • The hideous exposure is not untinted with fairer lines; and we see traits here and there of true devotion, mistaken but heroic.

  • He had a heavy pair of red, sensual-looking lips, his hair was untinted by gray, and his eyes still lustrous.

    Caught In The Net

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for untinted



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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Word Origin and History for untinted



"color," 1717, alteration of tinct (c.1600), from Latin tinctus "a dyeing," from tingere "to dye" (see tincture); influenced by Italian tinta "tint, hue," from Latin tinctus.



1756 (implied in tinted), from tint (n.). Related: Tinted; tinting.

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