pur·​plish | \ ˈpər-p(ə-)lish How to pronounce purplish (audio) \

Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple

Examples of purplish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lights went low, leaving the ring bathed in a purplish glow. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 After that it’s a little bit of a deeper purplish blue with Gabite. Dave Thier, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Her feet were purplish, their shape distorted with swelling, but that was nothing new. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 Green leaves with reddish or purplish tinge in cold winters. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 7 June 2021 Four years ago, scientists came upon the purplish pig adorning the walls of a cave hidden in a highland valley on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Jan. 2021 Look for Again and Again, a bearded iris with soft yellow blooms, or Blue Temptation, a bearded iris with soft purplish-blue blooms, among many others at the Bulb Gardens. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 12 May 2021 Another, when enlarged, looks like a purplish downward-pointing arrowhead or acorn. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2021 Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale on April 13 has a remarkable number of exceptionally rare colored diamonds, including a 2.13- carat fancy vivid blue diamond ring and a 3.2-carat fancy vivid purplish pink diamond ring. Jill Newman, Town & Country, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of purplish

1562, in the meaning defined above

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28 Aug 2021

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“Purplish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purplish. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple


pur·​plish | \ ˈpər-plish How to pronounce purplish (audio) \

Kids Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple


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