adjective, pur·pler, pur·plest.
verb (used with or without object), pur·pled, pur·pling.
Origin of purple
Examples from the Web for purpled
Historical Examples of purpled
He purpled with laughing and said: ‘Gad, she’ll always have her way!The Gorgeous Girl
His face had become frenzied and purpled, his hands were shaking.The Tyranny of Weakness
Charles Neville Buck
The blood rushed in an angry tide to his face, and, suffusing, purpled his cheeks.The White Moll
Frank L. Packard
Lilacs also, flushed with rose, purpled the walls of old houses.The Portion of Labor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
At the moment when they reached the river, the sun rose majestically on the horizon in a mist of purpled clouds.The Pirates of the Prairies
- the official robe of a cardinal
- the rank, office, or authority of a cardinal as signified by this
Word Origin for purple
Old English purpul, dissimilation (first recorded in Northumbrian, in Lindisfarne gospel) of purpure "purple dye, a purple garment," purpuren (adj.) "purple," a borrowing by 9c. from Latin purpura "purple color, purple-dyed cloak, purple dye," also "shellfish from which purple was made," and "splendid attire generally," from Greek porphyra "purple dye, purple" (cf. porphyry), of uncertain origin, perhaps Semitic, originally the name for the shellfish (murex) from which it was obtained. Purpur continued as a parallel form until 15c., and through 19c. in heraldry. As a color name, attested from early 15c. Tyrian purple, produced around Tyre, was prized as dye for royal garments.
Also the color of mourning or penitence (especially in royalty or clergy). Rhetorical for "splendid, gaudy" (of prose) from 1590s. Purple Heart, U.S. decoration for service members wounded in combat, instituted 1932; originally a cloth decoration begun by George Washington in 1782. Hendrix' Purple Haze (1967) is slang for "LSD."
c.1400, from purple (n.). Related: Purpled; purpling.