From Middle English deie, from Old English dēah, dēag (“color, hue, dye”), from Proto-Germanic *daugō (“colour, shade”), from *dauganą, *dug- (“to conceal, be dark”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂- (“to smoke, raise dust, camouflage”). Cognate with Old High German tougan (“dark, secretive”), tougal (“dark, hidden, covert”), Old English dēagol, dīegle (“dark, hidden, secret”), Old English dohs, dox (“dusky, dark”). See dusk.
The verb is from Middle English deien, from Old English dēagian, from the noun.
dye (countable and uncountable, plural dyes)
- A colourant, especially one that has an affinity to the substrate to which it is applied.
- Any hue, color, or blee.
dye (third-person singular simple present dyes, present participle dyeing, simple past and past participle dyed)
- (transitive) To colour with dye, or as if with dye.
dye (plural dyce)
- Alternative spelling of die (“singular of dice”)