What does tinge mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupconnoun

    a slight but appreciable amount

    "this dish could use a touch of garlic"

  2. undertone, tingeverb

    a pale or subdued color

  3. tinge, color, colour, distortverb

    affect as in thought or feeling

    "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"

  4. tint, tinct, tinge, touchverb

    color lightly

    "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the leaves were tinged red in November"


  1. tingenoun

    A small amount of something, especially of an added colour.

  2. tingenoun

    The degree of vividness of a colour; shade, hue or tint.

  3. tingeverb

    To add a small amount of colour; to tint.

  4. Etymology: From tingere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Tingeverb

    To impregnate or imbue with a colour or taste.

    Etymology: tingo, Lat.

    Sir Roger is something of an humourist; and his virtues as well as imperfections are tinged by a certain extravagance, which makes them particularly his. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    A red powder mixed with a little blue, or a blue with a little red, doth not presently lose its colour; but a white powder mixed with any colour is presently tinged with that colour, and is equally capable of being tinged with any colour whatever. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    If the eye be tinged with any colour, as in the jaundice, so as to tinge pictures in the bottom of the eye with that colour, all objects appear tinged with the same colour. Newton.

    Still lays some useful bile aside,
    To tinge the chyle’s insipid tide;
    Else we should want both gibe and satire,
    And all be burst with pure good-nature. Matthew Prior.

    The infusions of rhubarb and saffron tinge the urine with a high yellow. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. tinge

    A tinge is a slight or subtle degree of difference or coloration present in something. It can refer to a small amount, trace, or hint of a feeling, quality, or characteristic. It can also mean a slight coloration or shading different from the predominant color.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tingeverb

    to imbue or impregnate with something different or foreign; as, to tinge a decoction with a bitter taste; to affect in some degree with the qualities of another substance, either by mixture, or by application to the surface; especially, to color slightly; to stain; as, to tinge a blue color with red; an infusion tinged with a yellow color by saffron

  2. Tingenoun

    a degree, usually a slight degree, of some color, taste, or something foreign, infused into another substance or mixture, or added to it; tincture; color; dye; hue; shade; taste

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tinge

    tinj, v.t. to tint or colour: to mix with something: to give in some degree the qualities of a substance.—n. a small amount of colour or taste infused into another substance. [L. tingĕre, tinctum; conn. with Gr. tenggein, to wet, to stain.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tinge in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tinge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of tinge in a Sentence

  1. Paul Valery:

    What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.

  2. William Howard Taft:

    There is only one thing I wast to say about Ohio that has a political tinge, and that is that I think a mistake has been made of recent years in Ohio in failing to continue as our representatives the same people term after term. I do not need to tell a Washington audience, among whom there are certainly some who have been interested in legislation, that length of service in the House and in the Senate is what gives influence.

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