What does taint mean?

Definitions for taintteɪnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word taint.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Taint

    tānt, v.t. to tinge, moisten, or impregnate with anything noxious: to infect: to stain.—v.i. to be affected with something corrupting.—n. a stain or tincture: infection or corruption: a spot: a moral blemish.—adj. Taint′less, without taint, pure.—adv. Taint′lessly, without taint.—n. Taint′ure (Shak.), taint, tinge, stain. [O. Fr. taint (Fr. teint), pa.p. of teindre, to dye—L. tingĕre, tinctum, to wet.]

Anagrams for taint »

  1. tinta

  2. titan, Titan


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of taint in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of taint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sarah Orne Jewett:

    'Taint't worthwhile to wear a day all out before it comes.

  2. Mark Krstic:

    It's a nightmare of a problem, smoke taint is one of the symptoms of climate change for the wine industry and it's only getting worse.

  3. Andreas Simic:

    A positive state of mind will take you far, never allow someone to taint your joy of life with the bitterness of their beliefs.” Andreas Simic

  4. William Shakespeare:

    I hate ingratitude more in a man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of vice whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood.

  5. Meister Eckhart:

    Time is what keeps the light from reaching us. There is no greater obstacle to God than time: and not only time but temporalities, not only temporal things but temporal affections, not only temporal affections but the very taint and smell of time.

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