purplish

adjective
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 Musculoskeletal System Muscle and joint aches; painful, purplish swelling in the toes. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "‘Really Diabolical’: Inside the Coronavirus That Outsmarted Science," 7 Sep. 2020 Many early spring flowers have pale or muted colors, but these little irises will burst into bloom with rich purplish-blue flowers. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Bulbs to Plant in Fall to Help Pollinators Come Springtime," 20 Aug. 2020 Then the spots got larger and turned purplish red, resembling bruises. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Teen Mom's Amber Portwood Reveals Her Dog Has a Serious Disease that Required Chemo Treatments," 17 Aug. 2020 Some were in red regions, some were purplish-blue—but every last one of them centered on the local post office. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Attack on the Postal Service Is a Threat to Democracy—and to Rural America," 11 Aug. 2020 Fruity, citrusy and bright, this cocktail is a cheerful purplish treat. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "5 batch cocktails to keep in the fridge for whenever the moment is right," 6 Aug. 2020 Dragonfruit, blueberries, and butterfly pea flowers tinted the blue and purplish toned pasta. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Meet Linda Miller Nicholson, the Artist Behind Gigi Hadid's Viral Rainbow Pasta Cabinets," 29 July 2020 My right armpit became even more inflamed and turned a purplish color. Allyson Byers, SELF, "Could Your Skin Symptoms Be Hidradenitis Suppurativa?," 7 July 2020 The spots rapidly enlarge to form purplish black lesions, which girdle the stems and leaves, killing the foliage. oregonlive, "Grow the best tomatoes by identifying and treating common troubles," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of purplish

1562, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2020

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“Purplish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purplish. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for purplish

purplish

adjective
How to pronounce purplish (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple

purplish

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

Kids Definition of purplish

: somewhat purple

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