Etymology
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tinder (n.)

"dry, inflammable substance," Old English tynder, from or related to tendan "to kindle," from Proto-Germanic *tund- "ignite, kindle" (source also of Gothic tandjan, Swedish tända, German zünden "to kindle").

updated on February 09, 2014

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Definitions of tinder from WordNet

tinder (n.)
material for starting a fire;
Synonyms: kindling / touchwood / spunk / punk
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