Origin of tinderMiddle English ; from Old English tynder (akin to German zunder) ; from base of Old English tendan, to kindle
Origin of tinderMiddle English, from Old English tynder.
Tinder refers to the first stage of building a fire: sparks light tinder, which then lights kindling, which then lights the main fire.
(third-person singular simple present tinders, present participle tindering, simple past and past participle tindered)
From Old English tynder, from tind. Compare to Swedish tÃ¤nda (“to light, to set on fire"), German zÃ¼nden, Dutch tonder.