purplish

adjective

pur·​plish ˈpər-p(ə-)lish How to pronounce purplish (audio)
: somewhat purple

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After his team dropped to 3-8 with its fifth consecutive loss, a purplish knot was forming on McVay’s left cheek. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2022 The newborn’s breathing appeared labored, and the healthy pink tinge to his skin gave way to a purplish hue. Helena Oliviero, ajc, 25 Oct. 2022 It’s 4 inches of comfort, with a flaky crust, purplish sweet potato filling and cool coconut custard. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2022 And according to the Farmer's Almanac, Thanksgiving cactus anthers are yellow, while Christmas cactus anthers are pink to purplish-brown. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 31 Oct. 2022 This flakiness then morphed into dark, purplish lesions. Emilia Benton, SELF, 19 Aug. 2022 In my experience, the inner flowers can be a darker, richer color than the petals no matter the pH, and they are sometimes bluer despite the petals being more purplish or even white. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 29 June 2022 Each emulsion offers a unique approach to color shifts—LomoChrome Purple shifts greens and yellows into purplish hues, but leaves reds, blues, and neutrals alone. PCMAG, 20 Oct. 2022 Eczema in darker skin can also have a dark brown or purplish appearance. Beth Krietsch, SELF, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purplish was in 1562

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“Purplish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purplish. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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purplish

adjective
pur·​plish ˈpər-p(ə-)lish How to pronounce purplish (audio)
: somewhat purple
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