Definition of tie-dye in English:



[with object]
  • Produce patterns in (a garment or piece of cloth) by tying parts of it to shield it from the dye.

    ‘a collarless shirt tie-dyed with coloured inks’
    ‘tie-dyed T-shirts’
    • ‘People think, because I'm a Caribbean designer, everything that comes out of me must be bright and tie-dyed.’
    • ‘And I confess, I buy as many tie-dyed T-shirts as I can stand.’
    • ‘After throwing on my oldest pair of jeans and aqua and lilac tie-dyed T-shirt, I made it to the meal tent.’
    • ‘With textiles I might tie-dye a piece of cloth or draw on to it and add glue.’
    • ‘Charlie is some crazy hippie freak complete with incense and tie-dyed t-shirts.’
    • ‘They ate granola, believed in peace and love, and tie-dyed everything they could get their hands on.’
    • ‘Other crafts include lacquerware, handwoven carpets, handprinted textiles, and tie-dyed fabrics.’
    • ‘Silk threads are tie-dyed, then woven on a loom to create soft-edged designs for curtains, clothing, and other uses.’
    • ‘No longer did she wear the baggy overalls and tie-dyed shirts.’
    • ‘Diana had guessed that Matlock decided that white just wouldn't cut it because Matlock had then gone on to tie-dye the once-white undershirt.’
    • ‘He had dirty grey hair, wore a dirty tie-dyed T-shirt and a dirty knitted cap.’
    • ‘Textiles include appliqué work, embroidery, tie-dyed fabrics, and various types of hand-loomed cloth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each is a swatch of tie-dyed fabric stitched with contrasting threads.’
    • ‘My favourite skirt, the long, full, ocean blue one that I tie-dyed myself, now has a torn hem and black grease stains.’
    • ‘She picked out a pair of jean shorts and a purple tie-dyed shirt.’
    • ‘Wince at those flared trousers and that tie-dyed t-shirt from your hippie days.’
    • ‘With his rainbow tie-dyed shirt and his backpack, he looks like a college student.’
    • ‘Since then, the cotton tops have been shrunk, tie-dyed, torn, cropped, coloured, encrusted with jewels and covered in zips.’
    • ‘It was tie-dyed in a ridiculous pattern of yellow, red, blue, and green.’


  • often as modifier A tie-dyed garment or piece of fabric.

    ‘vendors selling tie-dyes and earrings’
    as modifier ‘a tie-dye skirt’
    • ‘Taavish was wearing a sweat suit and I was wearing a tie-dye shirt and a multicoloured skirt.’
    • ‘I have a personalised tie-dye square hanging on my wall right now.’
    • ‘There are tie-dyes on the walls, and colourful Moroccan style cushions on the ground, and a didgeridoo on the corner.’
    • ‘The boy in the tie-dye shirt bounces on the couch.’
    • ‘It looked rather interesting, to say in the least, with the rainbow tie-dye T-shirt she already had on.’
    • ‘The production process has been honed to create high-quality tie-dyes at competitive rates, however to maintain this cost advantage, the minimum order is 72 pieces per size.’
    • ‘I dug through a box of linens and fished out my yellow tie-dye sheets.’
    • ‘They would traipse from festival to festival with me in my pram buried under a pile of tie-dye T-shirts and crocheted ponchos.’
    • ‘My Dad stood at he door in pajama pants and the tie-dye T-shirt Kim made for him at camp when she was ten.’
    • ‘She was still wearing tie-dye shirts and bell bottoms.’
    • ‘We guess the academy already had as many tie-dye shirts as it could handle.’
    • ‘She went home and changed into a pair of jean shorts and a blue-and-white tie-dye shirt that matched her blue eyes.’
    • ‘Hannah and I were in the same preschool for a year, she always had the coolest tie-dye shirts.’
    • ‘He wore a tie-dye shirt, faded green cargo shorts, and sandals.’
    • ‘I wore flowery shirts and tie-dye pants and spent hours in a smoky arena swaying to never-ending jams and feeling the love.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On other days I wear a tie-dye shirt and Birkenstocks.’
    • ‘Harrelson appears in a tie-dye T-shirt, baggy shorts and flip-flops.’
    • ‘It had dark blue sheets with a bright tie-dye comforter.’
    • ‘She put on a pair of baggy jeans and a tie-dye shirt she had made about three years ago that had so many holes it was like wearing fishnet, but she still liked it.’