What does paint mean?

Definitions for paint

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word paint.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. paint, pigmentnoun

    a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating

    "artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"

  2. key, paintnoun

    (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court

    "he hit a jump shot from the top of the key"; "he dominates play in the paint"

  3. rouge, paint, blusherverb

    makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks

  4. paintverb

    make a painting

    "he painted all day in the garden"; "He painted a painting of the garden"

  5. paintverb

    apply paint to; coat with paint

    "We painted the rooms yellow"

  6. paintverb

    make a painting of

    "He painted his mistress many times"

  7. paintverb

    apply a liquid to; e.g., paint the gutters with linseed oil


  1. paintnoun

    A substance that is applied as a liquid or paste, and dries into a solid coating that protects or adds color/colour to an object or surface to which it has been applied.

  2. paintnoun

    A set of containers or blocks of paint of different colors/colours, used for painting pictures.

  3. paintnoun

    The free-throw lane, construed with the.

    The Nimrods are strong on the outside, but not very good in the paint.

  4. paintnoun


    I am running low on paint for my marker.

  5. paintnoun

    A face card (king, queen, or jack).

  6. paintnoun

    Graphics drawn using an input device, not scanned or generated.

  7. paintverb

    To apply paint to

  8. paintverb

    To apply in the manner that paint is applied

  9. paintverb

    To create an image with paints

  10. paintverb

    To practise the art of painting pictures

  11. paintverb

    To draw an element in a graphical user interface.

  12. paintverb

    To depict or portray.

    She sued the author of the biography, claiming it painted her as a duplicitous fraud.

  13. Paintnoun

    a Paint Horse

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Paintnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Poets are limners
    To copy out ideas in the mind,
    Words are the paint by which their thoughts are shown,
    And nature is their object to be drawn. George Granville.

    The church of the annunciation looks beautiful in the inside, all but one corner of it being covered with statues, gilding, and paint. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Her charms in breathing paint engage,
    Her modest cheek shall warm a future age. Alexander Pope.

    Together lay her pray’r book and her paint. Anon.

  2. To PAINTverb

    Etymology: peindre, French.

    Live to be the shew and gaze o’ th’ time,
    We’ll have thee as our rarer monsters are,
    Painted upon a pole. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Who fears a sentence or an old man’s saw,
    Shall by a painted cloth be kept in awe. William Shakespeare.

    Till we from an author’s words paint his very thoughts in our minds, we do not understand him. John Locke.

    The lady is disloyal. ————
    —— Disloyal? ——
    —— The word is too good to paint out her wickedness. Sha.

    Such is his will that paints
    The earth with colours fresh,
    The darkest skies with store
    Of starry lights. Edmund Spenser.

    Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
    Than that of painted pomp? are not these woods
    More free from peril than the court? William Shakespeare.

    Jezebeel painted her face and tired her head. 2 King ix. 30.

  3. To Paintverb

    To lay colours on the face.

    Such a sin to paint. Alexander Pope.


  1. Paint

    Paint is any pigmented liquid, liquefiable, or solid mastic composition that, after application to a substrate in a thin layer, converts to a solid film. It is most commonly used to protect, color, or provide texture. Paint can be made in many colors—and in many different types. Paint is typically stored, sold, and applied as a liquid, but most types dry into a solid. Most paints are either oil-based or water-based and each has distinct characteristics. For one, it is illegal in most municipalities to discard oil-based paint down household drains or sewers. Clean-up solvents are also different for water-based paint than they are for oil-based paint. Water-based paints and oil-based paints will cure differently based on the outside ambient temperature of the object being painted (such as a house.) Usually, the object being painted must be over 10 °C (50 °F), although some manufacturers of external paints/primers claim they can be applied when temperatures are as low as 2 °C (35 °F).


  1. paint

    Paint is a liquid or semi-liquid substance that is typically applied to a surface using a brush, roller, or other tools to add color, protect, or decorate the surface. It consists of pigments, binders, solvents, and additives that create a durable and visually appealing coating once it dries. Paint is commonly used in various applications, including art, construction, automotive, and household projects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paintverb

    to cover with coloring matter; to apply paint to; as, to paint a house, a signboard, etc

  2. Paintverb

    fig.: To color, stain, or tinge; to adorn or beautify with colors; to diversify with colors

  3. Paintverb

    to form in colors a figure or likeness of on a flat surface, as upon canvas; to represent by means of colors or hues; to exhibit in a tinted image; to portray with paints; as, to paint a portrait or a landscape

  4. Paintverb

    fig.: To represent or exhibit to the mind; to describe vividly; to delineate; to image; to depict

  5. Paintverb

    to practice the art of painting; as, the artist paints well

  6. Paintverb

    to color one's face by way of beautifying it

  7. Paintnoun

    a pigment or coloring substance

  8. Paintnoun

    the same prepared with a vehicle, as oil, water with gum, or the like, for application to a surface

  9. Paintnoun

    a cosmetic; rouge


  1. Paint

    Paint is any liquid, liquefiable, or mastic composition which, after application to a substrate in a thin layer, is converted to a solid film. It is most commonly used to protect, color or provide texture to objects.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paint

    pānt, v.t. to cover over with colour: to represent in a coloured picture: to describe in words: to adorn.—v.i. to practise painting: to lay colours on the face, to blush: (slang) to tipple.—n. a colouring substance: anything fixed with caoutchouc to harden it.—adj. Paint′able, that may be painted.—ns. Paint′-box, a box in which different paints are kept in compartments; Paint′-bridge, a platform used by theatrical scene-painters in painting scenery; Paint′-brush, a brush for putting on paint.—adj. Paint′ed, covered with paint: ornamented with coloured figures: marked with bright colours.—ns. Paint′ed-grass, ribbon-grass; Paint′ed-lā′dy, the thistle-butterfly, orange-red spotted with white and black; Paint′er, one whose employment is to paint: one skilled in painting; Paint′er's-col′ic, lead colic; Paint′er-stain′er, one who paints coats of arms, &c.; Paint′iness; Paint′ing, the act or employment of laying on colours: the act of representing objects by colours: a picture: vivid description in words; Paint′ūre (Dryden), the art of painting: a picture.—adj. Paint′y, overloaded with paint, with the colours too glaringly used: smeared with paint.—Paint the town red (U.S.), to break out in a boisterous spree. [O. Fr., pa.p. of Fr. peindre, to paint—L. pingĕre, pictum, to paint.]

Editors Contribution

  1. paint

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, matter,texture and styles.

    The paint was so beautiful, we can see the perfect blend between silver and aqua.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paint' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4329

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paint' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2896

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paint' in Nouns Frequency: #1544

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'paint' in Verbs Frequency: #438

Anagrams for paint »

  1. pinta

  2. tap in

  3. inapt

  4. NAITP

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paint in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of paint in a Sentence

  1. Leslie Marshall:

    Charlie Crist can and should use that to stand to run for governor and having plans, bigger aspirations for the state, for the presidency, because, you know, all you have to do is paint it as they don't really care about you. You're not here. I'm here.

  2. Jim Hanson:

    I worked with Fred Fleitz at CSP and Fred Fleitz primary responsibility was the Iran nuclear program. Fred Fleitz has done some of the best work exposing the nature of that threat and how the Iran deal actually made it worse, those attempting to paint Fred Fleitz as Fred Fleitz are mistaken. He is not and he rarely focused on the Islamist issues except as they related to malign activities of the Iranian regime.

  3. Michael Carroll:

    In this case, because we were talking about essentially ingredients that go into latex paint, we would have been able to see a kind of white plume under the river surface.

  4. Bradley Byrne:

    Prior to 2017, I don't recall attempts to block things like paint colors.

  5. Don Alway:

    We are trying to paint a picture of Byrd's life. We are trying to find out what was going on with him personally and professionally.

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