- 1[intransitive, transitive] if metal tarnishes or something tarnishes it, it no longer looks bright and shiny The mirrors had tarnished with age. tarnish something The silver candlesticks were tarnished and dusty.
- 2[transitive] tarnish something to spoil the good opinion people have of somebody/something synonym taint He hopes to improve the newspaper's somewhat tarnished public image. their severely tarnished reputation Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): from French terniss-, lengthened stem of ternir, from terne
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tarnish
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃ//he / she / it tarnishes
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃɪz//past simple tarnished
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃt//past participle tarnished
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃt//-ing form tarnishing
BrE BrE//ˈtɑːnɪʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːrnɪʃɪŋ//