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tinge / tinj/ • v. (ting·ing or tinge·ing) [tr.] (often be tinged) color slightly: a mass of white blossom tinged with pink| [tr.] toward the sun the sky was tinged crimson. ∎ fig. have a slight influence on: this visit will be tinged with sadness.• n. a tendency toward or trace of some color: there was a faint pink tinge to the sky. ∎ fig. a slight trace of a feeling or quality.ORIGIN: late 15th cent.: from Latin tingere ‘to dip or color.’ The noun dates from the mid 18th cent.