Adjective "tie-dye" definition and examples

(Tie-dye may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Definitions and examples


Produce patterns in (a garment or piece of cloth) by tying parts of it to shield it from the dye.
  1. 'tie-dyed T-shirts'
  2. 'Silk threads are tie-dyed, then woven on a loom to create soft-edged designs for curtains, clothing, and other uses.'
  3. 'She was wearing a kilt that morning, a wrap of heavy pleated material belted at her waist and colored in a green and brown tie-dyed pattern.'
  4. 'He had dirty grey hair, wore a dirty tie-dyed T-shirt and a dirty knitted cap.'
  5. 'With textiles I might tie-dye a piece of cloth or draw on to it and add glue.'
  6. 'Charlie is some crazy hippie freak complete with incense and tie-dyed t-shirts.'
  7. 'No longer did she wear the baggy overalls and tie-dyed shirts.'
  8. 'Wince at those flared trousers and that tie-dyed t-shirt from your hippie days.'
  9. 'Other crafts include lacquerware, handwoven carpets, handprinted textiles, and tie-dyed fabrics.'
  10. 'My favourite skirt, the long, full, ocean blue one that I tie-dyed myself, now has a torn hem and black grease stains.'
  11. 'Since then, the cotton tops have been shrunk, tie-dyed, torn, cropped, coloured, encrusted with jewels and covered in zips.'


A tie-dyed garment or piece of fabric.
  1. as modifier 'a tie-dye skirt'
  2. 'She was still wearing tie-dye shirts and bell bottoms.'
  3. 'There are tie-dyes on the walls, and colourful Moroccan style cushions on the ground, and a didgeridoo on the corner.'
  4. 'Harrelson appears in a tie-dye T-shirt, baggy shorts and flip-flops.'
  5. 'It looked rather interesting, to say in the least, with the rainbow tie-dye T-shirt she already had on.'
  6. 'It had dark blue sheets with a bright tie-dye comforter.'
  7. 'The boy in the tie-dye shirt bounces on the couch.'
  8. 'I dug through a box of linens and fished out my yellow tie-dye sheets.'
  9. 'She went home and changed into a pair of jean shorts and a blue-and-white tie-dye shirt that matched her blue eyes.'
  10. 'I wore flowery shirts and tie-dye pants and spent hours in a smoky arena swaying to never-ending jams and feeling the love.'
  11. 'Naturally, all of the tie-dye shirts that I have bought at concerts or made myself over the past few years have faded to a white-pinkish mess after the first wash or two.'

More definitions

verb (used with object), tie-dyed, tie-dyeing.

1. to dye (fabric) by tie-dyeing.


2. tie-dyeing.

3. Informal. a fabric or garment dyed by tie-dyeing.