Definition of spray paint in English:

spray paint


mass noun
  • Paint held in in aerosol can for spraying on to a surface.

    ‘a can of luminous yellow spray paint’
    • ‘Try not to use things that can irritate your lungs, such as hairspray, spray deodorant, and spray paint.’
    • ‘Swindon Council was threatening to ban the sale of spray paint and marker pens to under 16s in a bid to end graffiti.’
    • ‘As spray paint was an expensive and rare commodity locally, they used it only sparingly, for details and lettering, relying mainly on latex house paint to develop their eccentric style.’
    • ‘In bright red spray paint, Ted could recognize the Dragon's sign, but saw that it had been crossed out with black spray paint.’
    • ‘Jose ransacked his basement looking for some spray-paint.’
    • ‘Silver spray-paint gives PVC tubing an impressive metallic look.’
    • ‘Before she can deface it with a can of spray paint, Adam approaches her.’
    • ‘I was trying to save money by using latex paint instead of spray-paint.’
    • ‘On opposite walls hung two other large paintings combining tape, spray paint and scrawls or full splashes of brightly colored paint.’
    • ‘As Dondi moved from subway-train painting to picture making, he elaborated his range of line and color effects in spray paint.’
    • ‘The most efficient way to paint a textured ceiling is with spray paint.’
    • ‘I'll admit that this album came in handy after a traffic cop searched me this week, facilitating a brief hate-the-state high that had me hunting for my old hoodie and comparing prices on spray paint.’
    • ‘In the powerful heat of an Iowa summer, scrubbing spray-paint off concrete sidewalks with electric wire brushes is a painstaking job.’
    • ‘When I first met him, he was making paintings using spray paint.’
    • ‘She wore the same faded tee shirt with yellow spray paint streaked across the front.’
    • ‘Add some glitz to your decorations with just a can of spray paint.’
    • ‘But her ghetto blaster was never far from her can of spray paint.’
    • ‘I took the can of spray-paint and snuck up to her car.’
    • ‘So we got out the spray paint and literally painted the town red, with all types of slogans, everywhere!’
    • ‘Signs at either end of Clapham advertising the festival have been sabotaged with black spray paint, according to organisers.’
    • ‘The court heard that all three carriages of the new 333 train were daubed with spray paint during the attack back in February and it had cost almost £8,000 to clean up the damage.’
    • ‘All I did was spray a little spray-paint on my house, that's it.’
    • ‘Hand out free cans of spray paint beside a wall that can be seen by everyone in the world, and you're going to get a hell of a lot of graffiti.’
    • ‘Below is a list of ordinary items that become beautiful Christmas decorations with a few thin coats of spray paint.’
    • ‘‘Here you are, ma'am,’ Ashley handed the lady a can of black spray paint.’
    • ‘Opening the backpack, I pulled out a can of black spray-paint and began to write.’
    • ‘She grabbed a can of red spray-paint and shook it up, looking around at the walls.’
    • ‘No matter where you go around the town, you will find walls, litterbins, parking meters, gates and monuments daubed with markers and spray paint.’
    • ‘The expertly rendered paintings, done with spray paint and loosely applied acrylic on mirrors, have a certain maudlin, we-are-the-world quality, thanks to their rainbow-hued palette.’
    • ‘When you use spray paint, spray approx. 20 cm from the object you're painting and use lots of thin coats.’
    • ‘Magic markers gave way to spray paint in the early 1970s as writers realised the potential for elaborating and enlarging their signatures.’


[with object]
  • 1Paint (an image or message) on to a surface with a spray.

    ‘slogans had been spray-painted on to hoardings’
    • ‘Many of them are looking at a curious message spray-painted on the side of the tower.’
    • ‘Disabling them is fundamentally different from protesting in the streets or even the trivial offence of spray-painting graffiti on signage.’
    • ‘I also urge the martial arts club to stop spray-painting offensive slogans about our rivals on the walls.’
    • ‘Adam takes a shine to Evelyn, and she gives him her number, spray-painted on the inside of his jacket.’
    • ‘I heard that every house and shop had a large red X spray-painted on the door to indicate that it had been searched.’
    • ‘He was caught spray-painting anti-Israeli slogans on university buildings twice during the summer.’
    colour, apply paint to, decorate, tint, dye, stain, distemper, whitewash, emulsion, gloss, spray, spray-paint, airbrush, roller, coat, cover
    daub, smear, plaster, spray, spray-paint, airbrush
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    1. 1.1 Paint (a surface or object) with a spray.
      ‘they were spray-painting sidewalks and buildings’
      • ‘The buildings were spray-painted white.’
      • ‘When Troy fails to show up for a scheduled drinking binge, Dean and Terry throw an almighty strop - smashing bus shelters, grappling in the street and spray-painting the walls of his apartment block.’
      • ‘A couple of heavy blankets had served to shield him from the sun while he had retrieved the vehicle, spray-painting the windows once he had gotten it inside.’
      • ‘The front of each object consists of a thin sheet of mesh, stretched approximately 2 inches in front of a sheet of colored Plexiglas that is unevenly spray-painted with an evanescent gray.’
      • ‘Everything that wasn't spray-painted or swathed with bunting was drenched in a silica coating that resembled sugar.’
      • ‘They may know who has been spray-painting their garage, for example, but won't tell the police for fear that their car will be torched in retaliation.’
      • ‘Benson meticulously spray-painted each section of foliage with a different camouflage color: tan, brown or olive green.’
      • ‘In fact, the auto industry invested heavily in robots to do welding and spray-paint vehicles.’


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