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[hyoo or, often, yoo] /hyu or, often, yu/
a gradation or variety of a color; tint:
pale hues.
the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green, or yellow in reference to the spectrum.
all the hues of the rainbow.
form or appearance.
Origin of hue1
before 900; Middle English hewe, Old English hīw form, appearance, color; cognate with Old Norse hȳ bird's down, Swedish hy skin, complexion, Gothic hiwi form, appearance; akin to Old English hār gray (see hoar)
Related forms
hueless, adjective
Can be confused
hew, hue, Hugh. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for hueless
Historical Examples
  • Then a cry that ended in a great sob burst from her hueless lips.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • Either they glowed with color, or they were hueless and dead.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Madeleine's hueless face was overspread with a brilliant glow as she cast upon Maurice one hasty look of gratitude.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • It always reminded me most of a fog at sea: a ship creeping "o'er the hueless, viewless deep."

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Then you look at the unspeakable poverty, the dreariness, the miles of piles of hueless rocks, and are interested.

    McClure's Magazine December, 1895 Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
  • I hesitated, for the expression of that hueless countenance touched me; it was not the face which inspires distrust or fear.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I fixed my eyes steadfastly on her face, which turned as hueless as marble.

  • Colour began to steal into the hueless light; she could guess there in the East were cloud-wisps that caught the morning.

    Thorley Weir

    E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • The last beams faded from that happy islet, leaving it dull and hueless in the midst of the sea.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
British Dictionary definitions for hueless


the attribute of colour that enables an observer to classify it as red, green, blue, purple, etc, and excludes white, black, and shades of grey See also colour
a shade of a colour
aspect; complexion: a different hue on matters
Word Origin
Old English hīw beauty; related to Old Norse fine hair, Gothic hiwi form


/French ɥe/
a port in central Vietnam, on the delta of the Hué River near the South China Sea: former capital of the kingdom of Annam, of French Indochina (1883–1946), and of Central Vietnam (1946–54). Pop: 377 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for hueless

Old English hiwlease "colorless;" see hue (n.1) + -less. In Old English and Middle English it also meant "formless, shapeless."



"color," Old English hiw "color, form, appearance, beauty," earlier heow, hiow, from Proto-Germanic *hiwam (cf. Old Norse hy "bird's down," Swedish hy "skin, complexion," Gothic hiwi "form, appearance"), from PIE *kei-, a color adjective of broad application (cf. Sanskrit chawi "hide, skin, complexion, color, beauty, splendor," Lithuanian šyvas "white"). A common word in Old English, squeezed into obscurity after c.1600 by color, but revived 1850s in chemistry and chromatography.



"a shouting," mid-13c., from Old French hue "outcry, noise, war or hunting cry," probably of imitative origin. Hue and cry is late 13c. as an Anglo-French legal term meaning "outcry calling for pursuit of a felon." Extended sense of "cry of alarm" is 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hueless in Science
The property of colors by which they are seen as ranging from red through orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, as determined by the dominant wavelength of the light. Compare saturation, value.

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