taint

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin tingere, tinctum via French teint (past participle of teindre (to dye, to tinge))

Noun[edit]

taint (plural taints)

  1. A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food
  2. A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character; blemish
  3. (obsolete) tincture; hue; colour
  4. (obsolete) infection; corruption; deprivation
    He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove. — Macaulay.
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taint (third-person singular simple present taints, present participle tainting, simple past and past participle tainted)

  1. (transitive) To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external agent, either physically or morally.
    • Shakespeare
      His unkindness may defeat my life, / But never taint my love.
  2. (transitive) To spoil (food) by contamination.
  3. (transitive) To be infected or corrupted; to be touched by something corrupting.
    • Shakespeare
      I cannot taint with fear.
  4. (transitive) To be affected with incipient putrefaction.
    Meat soon taints in warm weather.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From French atteinte (a blow, stroke). Compare with attaint.

Noun[edit]

taint (plural taints)

  1. A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
  2. An injury done to a lance in an encounter, without its being broken; also, a breaking of a lance in an encounter in a dishonorable or unscientific manner.
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taint (third-person singular simple present taints, present participle tainting, simple past and past participle tainted)

  1. (transitive) To damage, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
    • Massinger
      Do not fear; I have / A staff to taint, and bravely.
  2. (transitive) To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.
    • Ld. Berners
      They tainted each other on the helms and passed by.
  3. (intransitive) To thrust ineffectually with a lance.

Etymology 3[edit]

Reportedly from the phrase “'tain't your balls and 'tain't your ass”.

Noun[edit]

taint (plural taints)

  1. (slang) The perineum.
    • 2000 June 17, "Marc Newman" (username), "Re: Americas are overated", in talk.politics.guns, Usenet:
      Sorry you feel that way. But since your mother sucks cocks in hell if I go there I won't be rotting.....I'll be on line right behind you hoping to get another good head job from your Mom or Sister....if you can remember which is which.......(Moms the one with the beard on her taint)
    • 2005 July 14, "Noodles Jefferson" (username), "Re: My Wife's Raw Comments", in rec.sport.pro-wrestling, Usenet:
      Even her taint's raw?
    • 2010 February 22, "Duchamanos" (username), "Re: Huck Finn 2010-anyone going?", in rec.sport.disc, Usenet:
      Did you know that guy has absolutely no tan lines? He'll show his taint to prove it!
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