Meaning of PAINT in English

/ peɪnt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ U ] a liquid that is put on surfaces to give them a particular colour; a layer of this liquid when it has dried on a surface :

white paint

gloss / matt / acrylic paint

The woodwork has recently been given a fresh coat of paint .

Wet paint! (= used as a sign)

The paint is starting to peel off.

—see also greasepaint , oil paint , warpaint


paints [ pl. ] tubes or blocks of paint used for painting pictures :

oil paints

■ verb


paint sth (with sth) to cover a surface or object with paint :

[ vn ]

We've had the house painted.

Paint the shed with weather-resistant paint.

a brightly painted barge

[ vn - adj ]

The walls were painted yellow.

[also vn - n , v ]


paint (in sth) | paint sth (on sth) to make a picture or design using paints :

[ vn ]

to paint portraits

A friend painted the children for me (= painted a picture of the children) .

Slogans had been painted on the walls.

[ v ]

She paints in oils.

My mother paints well.


[ vn ] paint sb/sth (as sth) to give a particular impression of sb/sth

SYN portray :

The article paints them as a bunch of petty criminals.

The documentary painted her in a bad light.


[ vn ] to put coloured make-up on your nails, lips, etc.


- paint a (grim, gloomy, rosy, etc.) picture of sb/sth

- paint the town red

- paint sth with a broad brush

—more at black adjective


- paint sth out

- paint over sth



Middle English : from peint painted, past participle of Old French peindre , from Latin pingere to paint.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.