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General words used to describe colors

ablaze

adjective

bright and full of light or color

bleached

adjective

made very pale by chemicals or strong sunlight

bold

adjective

very bright, clear, or strong in color and therefore easy to notice

brash

adjective

big, bright, or colorful in a way that is not attractive

bright

adjective

bright colors are strong but not dark

chintzy

adjective

too colorful and in poor taste

clean

adjective

clean smells, tastes, and colors are light and fresh

cold

adjective

cold colors are colors such as white, blue, and gray that make you think of things that are cold

color-coded

adjective

using colors to make different things easy to recognize

colored

adjective

red, green, blue, etc. rather than transparent or black or white

colorful

adjective

something that is colorful has bright colors or a lot of different colors

colorless

adjective

something that is colorless has no color

coloured

the British spelling of colored1

colourful

the British spelling of colorful

colourless

the British spelling of colorless

cool

adjective

cool colors, such as white and blue, give an idea of cold instead of heat

dappled

adjective

covered with or forming areas of lighter and darker color or light and shadow

dark

adjective

strong and not pale in color

darkly

adverb

in a dark color

deep

adjective

a deep color is dark and strong

delicate

adjective

a delicate taste, smell, or color is pleasant and not too strong

delicately

adverb

in a way that is pleasant and not too strong in flavor, smell, or color

discolored

adjective

something that is discolored has changed in color and no longer looks new, clean, or healthy

discoloured

the British spelling of discolored

dusty

adjective

used for describing a color that is not bright because it has some gray in it

fast

adjective

colors that are fast will not become paler when clothes are washed

festive

adjective

bright and colorful in a way that makes you think of a celebration

fiery

adjective

very bright in color, especially bright red, orange, or yellow

flamboyant

adjective

brightly colored or decorated

flaming

adjective

brightly colored red, orange, or yellow

fluorescent

adjective

a fluorescent color is very bright and seems to reflect light

fresh

adjective

used about colors

gaily

adverb

with bright attractive colors

gay

adjective

brightly-colored or attractive

glowing

adjective

glowing colors are bright and look warm

harmonious

adjective

harmonious colors or parts combine well with each other

harsh

adjective

harsh colors or lights are not pleasant because they are very bright

in

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for saying what color decorations, clothes, etc. are

iridescent

adjective

showing changing colors in different types of light

jazzy

adjective

bright, colorful, and attractive

light

adjective

pale in color, not dark

loud

adjective

very bright in a way that does not show good taste

matching

adjective

with the same color, pattern, or design

medium

adjective

neither light nor dark in color

mellow

adjective

soft and warm in color

monochrome

adjective

able to show or produce only black, white, and gray

monochrome

adjective

not brightly colored and usually gray in color

monotone

adjective

a monotone color is all the same shade of that color

multicolored

consisting of many different colors

multicoloured

the British spelling of multicolored

muted

adjective

not as bright or colorful as usual

neutral

adjective

neutral colors are not very strong or bright

neutral

noun

a neutral color

opalescent

adjective

something that is opalescent seems always to be changing color slightly

pastel

adjective

having a pale soft color

pastel

noun

a pale soft color

psychedelic

adjective

psychedelic clothes, designs, etc. are very brightly colored and have big unusual patterns

pure

adjective

a pure sound, color, light, etc. is very clear and beautiful

restrained

adjective

not too bright in color, or not decorated too much

rich

adjective

a rich color, sound, or smell is strong in a pleasant way

sepia

adjective

sepia photographs are old and are a red-brown color

showy

adjective

brightly colored and attractive

sickly

adjective

a sickly color is so pale that is looks unpleasant

sober

adjective

plain and not brightly colored

soft

adjective

a soft light or color is pale, gentle and pleasant to look at

somber

adjective

dark in color, especially gray or black

sombre

the British spelling of somber

splashy

adjective

brightly colored

tinged

adjective

something that is tinged with a color, feeling, or quality contains a small amount of it

tinted

adjective

containing a small amount of a particular color

tonal

adjective

relating to the tone of something, especially a color or sound

translucent

adjective

a translucent color is very pale or light

two-tone

adjective

two-tone shoes or clothes have two colors

vibrant

adjective

bright and colorful

violent

adjective

a violent color is very bright and almost painful to look at

vivid

adjective

a vivid color is strong and bright

warm

adjective

warm colors have red, orange, or yellow in them. Colors with blue or green in them are called cool colors

washed-out

adjective

washed-out clothes have lost a lot of their color because they have been washed so often

watery

adjective

pale, or not strong

colorfully

adverb

faded

adjective

vibrantly

adverb

vividly

adverb

vividness

noun

a riot of something

a lot of different bright colors together

pale blue/gray/pink etc.

something that is pale blue/gray/pink etc. is a lighter type of blue/gray/pink etc. than usual

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