dis·​col·​or | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce discolor (audio) \
discolored; discoloring; discolors

Definition of discolor

transitive verb

: to alter or change the hue or color of

intransitive verb

: to change color especially for the worse

Examples of discolor in a Sentence

The fabric is guaranteed not to discolor. The wine stain discolored the rug.

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Dear Heloise: My mouse pad has become discolored due to contact with skin oils. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Too filling?," 10 Sep. 2019 Fingernails may or may not discolor, crumble, and detach. Richard Faulk, chicagotribune.com, "Here’s how medical marijuana can help with psoriasis," 5 Sep. 2019 The love seat was discolored and shredded; its odor implicated a cat. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 His left eye is still discolored from a pencil that pierced his cornea, thrown by a classmate on the first day of seventh grade. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "Dorian Johnson, witness to the Ferguson shooting, sticks by his story," 9 Aug. 2019 Almost immediately, residents began complaining that their water tasted foul, smelled strange, and was discolored, but state and local officials shrugged off the concerns and insisted the water was safe to drink. Mitch Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Prosecutors drop all criminal charges in Flint water crisis," 13 June 2019 Some are better than others, but all produce, to various degrees, a creepy, crepey grayness that looks worse, in my opinion, than my bare, discolored skin. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 The results are less stunning during the day: The dinoflagellates discolor the water in a phenomenon known as red tide, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scottie Andrew And Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "Scientists discovered a new species of tiny sharks that glow in the dark," 21 July 2019 Fortunately, at this point, no one is without water; however, there are some customers who may experience low water pressure or discolored water. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 'huge' water main break in Waukesha severely reduced water pressure for residents on a hot and humid night," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of discolor

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for discolor

Middle English discolouren, from Anglo-French desculurer, from Late Latin discolorari, from Latin discolor of another color, from dis- + color color

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English Language Learners Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially in a bad way


dis·​col·​or | \ dis-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce discolor (audio) \
discolored; discoloring

Kids Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially for the worse

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