Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: peint, past participle of peindre 'to paint', from Latin pingere


2 verb
paint2 S2 W3
1 [intransitive and transitive]DHTB to put paint on a surface:
The ceiling needs painting.
paint something (in) blue/red/green etc
We painted the door blue.
Paint the walls in a contrasting colour.
The living room was painted in pastel shades of pink and blue.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to make a picture, design etc using paint:
A white cross was painted on the door.
Turner is famous for painting landscapes.
paint in oils/watercolours etc (=paint using a particular type of paint)
He paints mainly in acrylics.
3 [transitive]DCB to put a coloured substance on part of your face or body to make it different or more attractive:
The children's faces were painted to look like animals.
She'd painted her toenails with red nail polish.
4 [transitive] to describe someone or something in a particular way
paint somebody/something as something
She's often been painted as a tough businesswoman.
paint a grim/rosy/gloomy picture of somebody/something
Dickens painted a grim picture of Victorian life.
The article painted him in a bad light (=described him in a way that made him seem bad).

paint the town (red)

informalDL to go out to bars, clubs etc to enjoy yourself

➔ not be as black as you are painted

at black1 (10)

paint something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to cover part of a picture or sign with paint so that it can no longer be seen:
The name of the firm had been partially painted out.

paint over something

phrasal verb
AVP to cover a picture or surface with new paint:
Much of the original decoration was painted over.