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
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.