synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of paint in English

English Online Dictionary. What means paint‎? What does paint mean?



From Middle English, borrowed from Old French peintier, paincter, itself from paint, the past participle of paindre, from Latin pingō (to paint) (perfect passive participle pictus).


  • IPA(key): /peɪnt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪnt


paint (countable and uncountable, plural paints)

  1. A substance that is applied as a liquid or paste, and dries into a solid coating that protects or adds color/colour to an object or surface to which it has been applied.
  2. (in the plural) A set of containers or blocks of paint of different colors/colours, used for painting pictures.
    • 2007, Jesse Guthrie, Catherine's Addiction (page 116)
      René went back into the kitchen and put a pot of coffee on, got out his paints and started on a new painting. He felt inspired.
  3. (basketball, slang) The free-throw lane, construed with the.
    The Nimrods are strong on the outside, but not very good in the paint.
  4. (uncountable, paintball, slang) Paintballs.
    I am running low on paint for my marker.
  5. (poker, slang) A face card (king, queen, or jack).
  6. (computing, attributive) Graphics drawn using an input device, not scanned or generated.
    • 1993, Emil Ihrig, CorelDRAW! 4 made easy
      It combines traditional paint capabilities with photograph enhancement features.
    • 1998, Kit Laybourne, The animation book: a complete guide to animated filmmaking
      Computer paint software operates similarly but adds features that are delightfully familiar and useful to artists trained in traditional graphics materials.
    • 2001, Maureen Sprankle, Problem Solving for Information Processing
      If using a paint package, you must specify the color before you draw the line or shape.
  7. Makeup.

Derived terms



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paint (third-person singular simple present paints, present participle painting, simple past and past participle painted)

  1. (transitive) To apply paint to.
  2. (transitive) To apply in the manner that paint is applied.
  3. (transitive) To cover (something) with spots of colour, like paint.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      not painted with the crimson spots of blood
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      Cuckoo buds of yellow hue / Do paint the meadows with delight.
  4. (transitive) To create (an image) with paints.
    to paint a portrait or a landscape
  5. (intransitive) To practise the art of painting pictures.
    I've been painting since I was a young child.
  6. (transitive, computing) To draw an element in a graphical user interface.
    • 1991, Ernest R Tello, Object-oriented Programming for Windows
      Sent to a minimized window when the icon's background must be filled before it is painted.
  7. (transitive, figuratively) To depict or portray.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      Disloyal? / The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Alexander Pope
      If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
  8. (intransitive) To color one's face by way of beautifying it.
    • (Can we date this quote?) William Shakespeare
      Let her paint an inch thick.
  9. (transitive, military, slang) To direct a radar beam toward.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • picture


Further reading

  • paint in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • paint in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • paint at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • Atnip, NAITP, inapt, inpat, nip at, patin, pinta, tap in, tap-in




  1. present participle of pair

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