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
  1. verb
    color lightly
    “her greying hair was tinged blond”
    “the leaves were tinged red in November”
    synonyms: tinct, tint, touch
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    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
  2. verb
    affect as in thought or feeling
    “The sadness tinged his life”
    synonyms: color, colour, distort
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    type of:
    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
  3. noun
    a pale or subdued color
    synonyms: undertone
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    type of:
    shade, tincture, tint, tone
    a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
  4. noun
    a slight but appreciable amount
    synonyms: hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, speck, touch
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    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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