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Words used to describe skin colour

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

colored

the American spelling of coloured1

colour

noun

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

coloured

adjective

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

Coloured

adjective

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

colouring

noun

the colour of someone’s hair, skin, and eyes

complected

adjective

complexioned

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 colour

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

green

adjective

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

grey

adjective

if someone’s face is grey, they look pale, because they are ill, weak, or shocked

jaundiced

adjective

looking ill and slightly yellow in colour, especially because of illness

olive

adjective

olive skin is yellowish brown in colour

pallid

adjective

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

pallor

noun

the very pale colour that your skin has when you are ill 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 colour 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 colour and does not look healthy

swarthy

adjective

someone who is swarthy has dark skin

tanned

adjective

someone who is tanned has darker skin than before because of spending time in the sun

wheatish

adjective

wheatish skin is light brown in colour

white

adjective

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

yellow

adjective

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

albino

adjective

pastiness

noun

a high colour

someone who has a high colour has a rather pink or red face

(as) white as a sheet

extremely pale

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