Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength
  2. (verb, change) suffuse with color
  3. (verb, change) take on color or become colored

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Synonyms of Hue

chromaticity, imbue

Alternate forms of Hue

Derivations: hue

Hyponyms: pigment

Hypernyms: alter, change, color, color in, color property, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize, modify

Origin of the word Hue

  1. "color," O.E. hiw "color, form, appearance, beauty," earlier hiow, heow, from P.Gmc. *khiwjan (cf. O.N. hy "bird's down," Swed. hy "skin, complexion," Goth. hiwi "form, appearance"), probably cognate with Skt. chawi "hide, skin, complexion, color, beauty, splendor." A common word in O.E., squeezed into obscurity after c.1600 by <… more
  2. "a shouting," mid-13c., from O.Fr. hue "outcry, noise, war or hunting cry," probably of imitative origin. Hue and cry is late 13c. as an Anglo-Fr. legal term meaning "outcry calling for pursuit of a felon." Extended sense of "cry of alarm" is 1580s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Hue

h, h2o, ha, ha-ha, hao, haw, haw-haw, hawai'i, hawaii, hay, he, hee-haw, hew, hi, hie, ho, hoe, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hooey, howe, hoy, hoya, hua

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