Colours - need synonyms please!

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I'm a teacher, spending my 'holiday' doing all sorts of tasks that I don't get time for in term-time. I've spent today compiling an epic list of synonyms for all sorts of words (nice, said, walk, etc).

Now I'm doing colours. I cannot find my ancient printed thesaurus and the Microsoft one is crap for colours. If I paste my list of colour words so far, can you wise MNers please add any more that you can think of?

flowers to you all [thanks, gratitude, appreciation, recognition, cheers, ta!]

yellow lemon amber sand gold blonde sunny saffron

red scarlet ruby crimson blush ruby
burgundy garnet cherry bloodshot
claret rust ruddy magenta

pink cerise fuchsia rosy salmon

purple mauve lilac heliotrope
violet lavender amethyst plum

black jet coal midnight
darkness shadowy night

blue navy azure teal
sapphire turquoise indigo royal
cobalt ultramarine cerulean

green emerald grassy pea
apple lime sage spinach
aquamarine olive pine khaki

orange peach carrot coral
tangerine cantaloupe apricot titian

white ivory snowy fair
chalky milky frosted silvery
icy pallid wan

brown tawny beige russet
tan brunette chocolate coffee
fawn taupe mushroom

grey fog cloud leaden
overcast steely gloomy dull
dreary

NoComet Tue 27-Aug-13 01:38:27

flowers

OOoh what a fab thread.
Paint charts and nail varnishes always good for inspiration.
Now in the Staffroom

sliding
drifting
stinging
trailing
dangling

(I have now asked for this to be moved to the Staffroom smile)

janji Tue 06-Aug-13 00:44:17

My list was:
Swishy
Squishy
Wiggly
Squiggly
Floaty
Graceful
Wriggly
Swirly
Whirly
Jolly
Gliding
Swooshy
Whooshy

Keep em coming. Loving this thread!smile

Link to TES for the list so far.

Thank you again everyone for your input. DD and I are working on part 2 of the list already. smile

Jellyfish have tentacles,
But don't wear spectacles.

They float in the sea.
You cure their stings with wee.

Andro Mon 05-Aug-13 11:52:59

(I would also love a copy of your list)

No rhyming pairs but:

Graceful
painful
colourful

Rhyming pairs for jellyfish sounds like a challenge I can't resist!

Wiggly squiggly

Squashy washy

Stinging flinging (?)

Clear dear

Wobbly bobbly

janji Mon 05-Aug-13 01:03:06

You lot are fab!! Any words you can think off that Year 1 children could use to describe jellyfish ( long story)! Bonus points for rhyming pairs?!

Sorry, didn't spot magenta smile

Loving the monsters inc quote.
Magenta?

(Would love a copy of your list please, if you wouldn't mind)

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Mon 05-Aug-13 00:28:00

celadon
viridian

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Mon 05-Aug-13 00:22:36

Ashen for grey.
ecru - I guess that's greyish/green.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 05-Aug-13 00:19:53

stone grey?

BlackeyedSusan Mon 05-Aug-13 00:18:38

yes please. i collected a few words for said and walked/moved with dd. got no-where near as many. blush

peppermint? someone beat me to mint green.

black, dusky?

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Mon 05-Aug-13 00:16:42

grin

That is brilliant.

I used to do Ann Summers parties years ago, and one of the guests once asked me if I had "that lovely fuck-seer set on page xyz" - eventually I clicked on, she wanted the fuchsia ones grin confused

LRDYaDumayuShtoTiKrasiviy Mon 05-Aug-13 00:15:46

Citrine is yellow.
Umber is brown/red brown and they might know that because you get 'burnt umber' in paint sets.
Sable
If you can have 'claret' you can have 'wine'.

How does it work, though? Am I being dim ... if I were asked for a list of colour words I wouldn't come up with some of these as I would say they are descriptions applied to colours, not actual words for colours?

I don't know how old the children are, but 'gules' is the heraldry word for red and it comes up in Shakespeare.

"The pink copies go to Accounting, the fuchshia ones go to Purchasing, and the goldenrod ones go to Roz. Leave the puce. " grin

Puce (pinky mauve)
Chartreuse (green)

Ebony! How on earth did I miss ebony?!

I knew MN would come up with the goods. :-)

Andro Sun 04-Aug-13 21:50:08

Blue - kingfisher

White - platinum (usually used to describe a shade of blond hair),

Brown - mahogany, nut/chestnut

Black - ebony

Green - Spring, mint

I've only ever seen Midnight used as a description of something in a navy blue, not black.

Other ideas for colours:
Ginger
Cyan
Jade
Teal
Aqua
Demin
Meadow Green
Prussian Blue
Evergreen
Pumpkin
Quartz
Grape
Blueberry
Damson
Sienna
Merlot
Ochre

Sleepyhoglet Sun 04-Aug-13 20:40:59

Brilliant! I'm really impressed.

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