from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To apply a trace of color to; tint.
  • transitive v. To affect slightly, as with a contrasting quality: "The air was blowy and tinged with rain” ( Joyce Carol Oates).
  • n. A small amount of a color incorporated or added.
  • n. A slight added element, property, or influence: a tinge of regret.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small amount of something, especially of an added color.
  • n. The degree of vividness of a color; shade, hue or tint.
  • v. To add a small amount of color; to tint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To imbue or impregnate with something different or foreign; ; 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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To imbue or overspread with some shade or degree of color; impress with a slight coloring; modify the tint, hue, or complexion of.
  • To qualify the taste or savor of; give a taste, flavor, smack, or tang to.
  • To modify by intermixture or infusion; vary the tone or bent of.
  • n. A slight or moderate degree of coloration; a shade or tint of color; a modification of hue, tint, or complexion.
  • n. A modifying infusion or intermixture; a shade of some qualifying property or characteristic; a touch, taste, or flavor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pale or subdued color
  • v. color lightly
  • v. affect as in thought or feeling
  • n. a slight but appreciable amount


Middle English tingen, from Latin tingere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tingō. (Wiktionary)



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