Definition of tie-dye in English:



  • [often as modifier] A method of producing textile patterns by tying parts of the fabric to shield it from the dye.

    ‘tie-dye T-shirts’


  • Dye (a garment or piece of cloth) by tying parts of it to shield it from the dye.

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



/ˈtī ˌdī/