A tinge is a slight amount of something, like a color or a feeling. Some glaciers have a tinge of blue, and an old photo might make you feel a tinge of sadness.

If a painting has a tinge of orange, there's just a touch of orange. Outside of colors, tinge can mean a small amount of just about anything. Sometimes you hear about someone speaking with a tinge of anger. That means there's just a little bit anger showing in their words. A tinge will never bowl you over — it's always small or subtle.

Definitions of tinge

v color lightly

“her greying hair was tinged blond”
“the leaves were tinged red in November”
tinct, tint, touch
apply henna to one's hair
stain or tint with a color
give a certain color to
Type of:
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize
add color to

v affect as in thought or feeling

“The sadness tinged his life”
color, colour, distort
Type of:
affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
have an effect upon

n a pale or subdued color

Type of:
shade, tincture, tint, tone
a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

n a slight but appreciable amount

hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, touch
a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

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