• (slang) The perineum.
  • A contamination, decay or putrefaction, especially in food
  • (obsolete) infection; corruption; deprivation

    "He had inherited from his parents a scrofulous taint, which it was beyond the power of medicine to remove. — Macaulay."

  • 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.
  • (obsolete) tincture; hue; colour
  • A thrust with a lance, which fails of its intended effect.
  • A mark of disgrace, especially on one's character; blemish


  • (transitive) To contaminate or corrupt (something) with an external agent, either physically or morally.
  • (transitive) To be affected with incipient putrefaction.

    "Meat soon taints in warm weather."

  • (transitive) To damage, as a lance, without breaking it; also, to break, as a lance, but usually in an unknightly or unscientific manner.
  • (transitive) To be infected or corrupted; to be touched by something corrupting.
  • (intransitive) To thrust ineffectually with a lance.
  • (transitive) To spoil (food) by contamination.
  • (transitive) To hit or touch lightly, in tilting.

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