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.