Definition of tinge in English:

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Pronunciation: /tinj/

verb (tinges, tinging or tingeing, tinged)

[with object]
1Color slightly: a mass of white blossom tinged with pink [with object and complement]: toward the sun the sky was tinged crimson
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  • She had a huge grin on her face, and it was slightly tinged with red
  • His face was slightly tinged with color and his eyes had narrowed to slits.
  • The light was already tinged with red, coating everything it touched with the colour.
1.1Have a slight influence on; imbue slightly with a feeling or quality: this visit will be tinged with sadness
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  • Their demands are not just a measure of necessity but are tinged with the same greed which permeates association football across the water.
  • Whether tinged with fruity aromas or floral hops, the dry quality of these Abbey beers and strong ales is an ideal way to wake up the palate and promotes the appetite.
  • We connect with his struggling painter because Cotten always had an everyman quality to his work, yet one usually tinged with a degree of weariness.
influence, affect, touch, flavor, color, modify;


1A tendency toward or trace of some color: there was a faint pink tinge to the sky
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  • The last of Mr Darcy's lingering doubts faded as he saw her cheeks flush in the pink tinge of a blush.
  • Lifting up the sleeve of my kimono, I pointed at the white bandages still wrapped around my arm, which still had faint tinges of pink to it.
  • The bright blue sky had a pink tinge to it and the sun was hanging low in the sky.
1.1A slight trace of a feeling or quality.
Example sentences
  • Although I feel a slight tinge of anxiety and apprehension in the air that surrounds you, it's greatly masked by the strength of your confidence.
  • He corrected himself with a slight tinge of remorse.
  • A slight tinge of panic had crept back into his voice.
trace, note, touch, suggestion, hint, bit, scintilla, savor, flavor, element, modicum, streak, vein, suspicion, soupçon, tincture


Late 15th century: from Latin tingere 'to dip or color'. The noun dates from the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with tinge

binge, cringe, fringe, hinge, impinge, singe, springe, swinge, syringe, twinge, whinge

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Syllabification: tinge

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