Tarnish - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtɑːrnɪʃ|  American pronunciation of the word tarnish
Brit.  |ˈtɑːnɪʃ|  British pronunciation of the word tarnish


- discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation


- make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically (syn: defile, maculate, stain, sully)
The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air

Extra examples

Some foods will tarnish silver.

The scandal tarnished his reputation.

His regime was tarnished by human rights abuses.

Gold does not tarnish easily.

There are many metals, such as gold, which never exhibit rust or tarnish.

The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tarnish
he/she/it: tarnishes
present participle: tarnishing
past tense: tarnished
past participle: tarnished
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