From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtingetinge1 /tɪndʒ/ noun [countable] LITTLE/NOT MUCHa very small amount of a colour, emotion, or qualitytinge of There was a tinge of sadness in her voice. This glass has a greenish tinge.
Examples from the Corpustinge• For the first time since her pregnancy I felt a tinge of worry about other men.• The thought touched me with a tinge of sadness, at the same time that the scent touched me with happiness.• It had a blue tinge to it.• The light had a cold bluish tinge and the air was cooler too.• It was slowly taking up the pink tinges of the rising sun.• It has a very long neck like a duck, and the front of the body sometimes has a faint purple tinge.• The red maples, at the edge of the clearing, have a reddish tinge.• There was a yellow tinge to their skin.tinge of• She had a tinge of sadness in her voice.tingetinge2 verb (present participle tinging or tingeing) [transitive] LITTLE/NOT MUCH literary to give something a small amount of a particular colour, emotion, or qualitytinge something with something The light of the setting sun tinges the buildings with delicate colours. Pink tinged her cheeks.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpustinge• It tinged the air with a smell of herbs and whisky.• His flashes of light-hearted humour were commonly tinged with an awesome critical irony.• Amelia called out cheerily to Jake, who remembered grinning, a grin tinged with anxiety.• This hope is tinged with anxiety.• Was our modern age of triumph destined from the start to be tinged with despair?• The golden crown of a sugar maple tinged with orange can startle you with its luminescence.Origin tinge2 (1400-1500) Latin tingere “to dip, make wet, tinge with color”