- The definition of a tinge is a small amount of coloring, flavor, or some other quality.
An example of a tinge is a slight taste of vanilla bean in a strawberry cupcake.
- Tinge means to give a little bit of something, especially color or flavor.
An example of tinge is to add a drop of red food coloring to white icing to make it slightly pink.
transitive verbtinged, tinge′ing or ting′ing
- to color slightly; give a tint to
- to give a trace, slight flavor or odor, shade, etc. to: joy tinged with sorrow
Origin of tingeClassical Latin tingere, to dye, stain from Indo-European base an unverified form teng-, to moisten from source Classical Greek tengein, to moisten, Old High German dunkon, to dip
- a slight coloring; tint
- a slight trace, flavor, odor, etc.; smack; touch
transitive verbtinged, tinge·ing, or ting·ing ting·es
- To apply a trace of color to; tint.
- To affect slightly, as with a contrasting quality: “The air was blowy and tinged with rain” ( Joyce Carol Oates )
- A small amount of a color incorporated or added.
- A slight added element, property, or influence: a tinge of regret.
Origin of tingeMiddle English tingen from Latin tingere
(third-person singular simple present tinges, present participle tinging or tingeing, simple past and past participle tinged)
- get in
From Latin tingÅ.