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Words used to describe skin color

albino

noun

a person or animal with very pale skin, white hair or fur, and pink eyes caused by a medical condition that they were born with

bloodless

adjective

a bloodless face or skin is very pale

bronzed

adjective

someone who is bronzed has attractive brown skin because they have spent a lot of time in the sun

brown

adjective

with darker skin than usual, after being in the sun a lot

color

noun

the color of someone’s skin as a sign of their race

colored

adjective

someone who is colored is a black person. Older white people sometimes use this word thinking it is polite, but black people consider it offensive.

coloured

the British spelling of colored1

Coloured

adjective

a Coloured person has one parent or grandparent who is white and one who is not

complected

adjective

someone who is dark or fair complected has dark or fair skin. Some people think this word should not be used and complexioned should be used instead.

complexioned

adjective

someone who is dark or fair complexioned has dark or light skin

dark

adjective

if a white person is described as being dark, they have brown or black hair and sometimes skin that is not light in color

dusky

adjective

with dark skin. This word is now considered offensive.

fair

adjective

someone who is fair has light hair and pale skin

florid

adjective

a florid face is red

gray

adjective

if someone’s face is gray, they look pale because they are sick or shocked

green

adjective

if someone looks green, their face is pale and they look sick

jaundiced

adjective

looking sick and slightly yellow in color, especially because of illness

olive

adjective

olive skin is yellowish brown in color

pallid

adjective

very pale in a way that does not look natural or good

pallor

noun

the very pale color that your skin has when you are sick or worried

pasty

adjective

a pasty face or pasty skin looks pale and not very healthy

peaches-and-cream

adjective

peaches-and-cream skin is smooth, pale, and slightly pink

pigmentation

noun

the natural color of something, for example someone’s skin

rosy

adjective

pink and looking healthy

rubicund

adjective

having a red face

ruddy

adjective

red and looking healthy

sallow

adjective

sallow skin is a pale yellow color and does not look healthy

swarthy

adjective

someone who is swarthy has dark skin

tanned

adjective

tan from the sun

white

adjective

very pale in the face because you are frightened, angry, or sick

yellow

adjective

a very offensive word used for describing the color of the skin of people from some parts of Asia

albino

adjective

pastiness

noun

a high color

someone who has a high color has a pink or red face

(as) white as a sheet

extremely pale

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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