verb (used with object)

to change or spoil the color of; fade or stain.

verb (used without object)

to change color; become faded or stained.

Nearby words

  1. discographical,
  2. discography,
  3. discoid,
  4. discoid lupus erythematosus,
  5. discology,
  6. discoloration,
  7. discolour,
  8. discombobulate,
  9. discombobulated,
  10. discomfit

Origin of discolor

1350–1400; Middle English discolouren < Old French descolorer < Late Latin discolorārī to change color, derivative of Latin discolor of another color. See dis-1, color

Related formsun·dis·col·ored, adjective

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Word Origin and History for discolor



late 14c., from Old French descolorer, from des- (see dis-) + colorer "to color," from Latin colorare (see coloration). Related: Discolored; discoloring.

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