What does Tinder mean? I mean the name of the popular dating app. Is it a word or a derivation or misspelling of an English words or expression? Or is it just a fantasy word? I am not a native English speaker and other than the suffix 'er it doesn't mean anything. Does Tind mean something, is there a verb to Tind. Thanks
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Tinder is an app that makes matches. Starts the spark, so to say.
This is an excerpt from Rewind and Capture, which explains why they chose the name:
The idea of setting a spark, of starting a fire, for romantic relationships was always the log-cabin foundation for Tinder, which was originally called Matchbox. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, co-founder Jonathan Badeen admitted the trio decided against Matchbox but were still struck by the thought.
“We still liked that sort of fire theme, so actually we looked through a dictionary, a thesaurus, something like that, looking for fire-related words,” he said. Eventually settling on Tinder, which Merriam Webster defines as, “dry material (such as wood or grass) that burns easily and can be used to start a fire.” Worst case, “people will either get it, and they’ll say, ‘Oh — tinder: fire,’ or they don’t get it and they think it’s some clever misspelling of the word ‘tender,’” said Badeen.
In case you missed it, "tinder", in plain English, refers to a:
dry material (such as wood or grass) that burns easily and can be used to start a fire.