coloured

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Alternative spellings[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
colour

Third-person singular
colours

Past tense
coloured

Past participle
coloured

Present participle
colouring

The past tense and past participle of colour.

  1. Having a colour or kind of colour.
    The wall was coloured red, and the floor was coloured white.
  2. Having many colours; colourful.
    The singer wore a coloured shirt.
  3. (often considered offensive) Having skin colour other than the white, most often black.
    In South Africa, many coloured people speak Afrikaans, but English is spoken mostly by whites.

Noun[change]

Singular
coloured

Plural
none

  1. (uncountable) (often considered offensive) A coloured person.