- To soil, or change the appearance of, especially by an
alternation induced by the air, or by dust, or the like; to diminish,
dull, or destroy the luster of; to sully; as, to tarnish a metal; to
tarnish gilding; to tarnish the purity of color.
2. Tarnish [n.]
- The quality or state of being tarnished; stain; soil;
blemish. - A thin film on the surface of a metal, usually due to a
slight alteration of the original color; as, the steel tarnish in
3. Tarnish [v. i.]
- To lose luster; to become dull; as, gilding will
tarnish in a foul air.