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paint

[ peynt ]SEE DEFINITION OF paint
  • nountinted covering
  • verbapply colored tint, often to make design

Synonyms for paint

  • acrylic
  • color
  • cosmetic
  • dye
  • enamel
  • latex
  • makeup
  • oil
  • pigment
  • stain
  • varnish
  • wax
  • chroma
  • coloring
  • emulsion
  • flat
  • gloss
  • greasepaint
  • overlay
  • rouge
  • tempera
  • veneer
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAINT

He will paint the same scene under a dozen conditions of light.

Why did Shakespeare want to paint this unpleasant bitter-tongued wife?

He could paint you Bassanio or Benedick or Mercutio to the life.

His passion is so intense that he has no desire to paint her seduction as greater than it was.

S' fur 's the pitcher goes, it's about as good 's kin be did with paint, I guess.

Yes, except the part that makes the picture worth the paint it's done with!

There was one which he did paint at once, however—though no one saw it but Della.

He has got to paint them so you can tell them apart the minute you look at them, hain't he?

In the hurry of finishing, some of the woodwork had but one coat of paint.

Eudora's, behind her trees and leafing vines, was gray for lack of paint.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "represent in painting or drawing, portray;" early 14c., "paint the surface of, color, stain;" from Old French peintier "to paint," from peint, past participle of peindre "to paint," from Latin pingere "to paint, represent in a picture, stain; embroider, tattoo," from PIE root *peig-/*peik- "to cut" (cf. Sanskrit pimsati "hews out, cuts, carves, adorns," Old Church Slavonic pila "file, saw," Lithuanian pela "file"). Sense evolution between PIE and Latin was, presumably, from "decorate with cut marks" to "decorate" to "decorate with color." Cf. Sanskrit pingah "reddish," pesalah "adorned, decorated, lovely," Old Church Slavonic pegu "variegated;" Greek poikilos "variegated;" Old High German fehjan "to adorn;" Old Church Slavonic pisati, Lithuanian piesiu "to write." Probably also representing the "cutting" branch of the family is Old English feol (see file (n.)).

To paint the town (red) "go on a spree" first recorded 1884; to paint (someone or something) black "represent it as wicked or evil" is from 1590s. Adjective paint-by-numbers "simple" is attested by 1970; the art-for-beginners kits themselves date to c.1953.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PAINT

apply

verbput substance on another
  • administer
  • affix
  • anoint
  • bestow
  • cover
  • fasten
  • join
  • lay on
  • massage
  • paint
  • place
  • put on
  • rub
  • smear
  • spread
  • touch

brush

verbclean, prepare by whisking

brushed

verbclean, prepare by whisking
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