Definitions for taintteɪnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a trace of something bad or offensive.

  2. a trace of infection or contamination.

  3. (v.t.)to modify by a trace of something bad or offensive.

  4. to infect or contaminate.

  5. to sully or tarnish (a person's name, reputation, etc.).

  6. (v.i.)to become tainted; spoil.

Origin of taint:

1325–75; conflation of ME taynt (aph. var. of attaint, ptp. of attaint ) with late ME taynt hue, tint (< AF teint < L tinctus)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contamination, taint(verb)

    the state of being contaminated

  2. defile, sully, corrupt, taint, cloud(verb)

    place under suspicion or cast doubt upon

    "sully someone's reputation"

  3. infect, taint(verb)

    contaminate with a disease or microorganism


  1. taint(Contraction)

    Contraction of it ain't.

  2. Origin: Reportedly from the phrase “'tain't your balls and 'tain't your ass”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Taint(noun)

    a thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect

  2. Taint(noun)

    an injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner

  3. Taint(verb)

    to thrust ineffectually with a lance

  4. Taint(verb)

    to injure, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner

  5. Taint(verb)

    to hit or touch lightly, in tilting

  6. Taint(verb)

    to imbue or impregnate with something extraneous, especially with something odious, noxious, or poisonous; hence, to corrupt; to infect; to poison; as, putrid substance taint the air

  7. Taint(verb)

    fig.: To stain; to sully; to tarnish

  8. Taint(verb)

    to be infected or corrupted; to be touched with something corrupting

  9. Taint(verb)

    to be affected with incipient putrefaction; as, meat soon taints in warm weather

  10. Taint(noun)

    tincture; hue; color; tinge

  11. Taint(noun)

    infection; corruption; deprivation

  12. Taint(noun)

    a blemish on reputation; stain; spot; disgrace


  1. Taint

    Taint were a three-piece metal band from Swansea, Wales. The band formed in 1994 while still teenagers, releasing a string of demos, compilation features and split records over eleven years until their first full length album, The Ruin of Nová Roma, was released in 2005. Their sophomore release entitled Secrets and Lies followed in 2007, with an ep, All Bees to the Sea, following in 2009. In September 2010, The band announced via their website that they were disbanding after 16 years. They played their final show in December 2010 in their hometown Swansea. Jimbob still makes music, forming another three-piece band called H A R K, whose debut 7 was released in 2012.

Anagrams of taint

  1. tinta

  2. titan, Titan

Translations for taint

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to spoil (something) by touching it or bringing it into contact with something bad or rotten

The meat has been tainted.

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