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Colour words in Swedish

Words for colours in Swedish (svenska), their meanings and related expressions.

Each colour term has several different forms. For example, vit is used with common gender words, vitt is used with neuter words, and vita is used with plural words. So you might have en vit bil (a white car), ett vitt hus (a white house) and vita hundar (white dogs).


General colour-related words:

  • färg [færj] = colour, hue, dye, paint, colouring, coloration
  • färgad [færjad] = coloured, dyed, tinted
  • färgglad / färgsprakande / färgstark = colourful
  • färggrann = mutli-coloured, garish
  • färgpalett = colour palette
  • färgsättning = colour scheme, colouration
  • att färgsätta = to colour
  • att färgkoda = to colour code
  • att färglägga = to colour (in), to colourise
  • färgblind [færjblind] = colour-blind
  • färgblindhet [færjblindheːt] = colour-blindness

black svart [svaʈ] - black, dark, sable, without permission, illegally

Expressions:

  • att svärta = to blacken, defame, besmirch, vilify
  • svart hål = black hole
  • svart kaffe = black coffee
  • svart te = black tea
  • svart låda = black box, flight recorder
  • svart marknad = black market
  • köpa på svarta marknaden = to hustle
  • svart person = black (person)
  • svarta vinbär = blackcurrent
  • Svarta havet = Black Sea
  • svartbjörn = black bear

white vit [viːt] - white

Expressions:

  • att vitna = to whiten
  • vit blodkropp = leucocyte, white blood cell
  • vitt bröd = white bread
  • vitt kött = white meat
  • vitt vin = white wine
  • vita tavla = whiteboard

red röd [røːd] - red

Expressions:

  • att rodna = to redden
  • röda blodkropp = red blood cell
  • rött kött = red meat
  • rödvin = red wine
  • röda vinbär = redcurrent
  • Röda havet = Red Sea

yellow gul [gʉːl] - yellow

Expressions:

  • att gulna = to (turn) yellow
  • gulaktig = yellowish
  • gula febern = yellow fever
  • gult kort = yellow card
  • gult ljus = yellow / amber light

blue blå [bloː] - blue

Expressions:

  • blå(-)grön = blue-green, teal, honeydew
  • blågul = blue-yellow
  • blåaktig = bluish
  • blåblodig = blue-blooded
  • blåbär = (European) blueberry / common bilberry / blue whortleberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
  • blå måne = blue moon
  • blågräs = bluegrass
  • blåklocka = bluebell, bellflower

green grön [grøːn] - green, jade, verdant

Expressions:

  • att göra grön = to green
  • grönaktig = greenish, greeny
  • grönt ljus = green light
  • grön te = green tea
  • grön havssköldpadda = green turtle
  • gröna fingrar = green fingers / thumb

brown brun [brʉːn] - brown

Expressions:

  • att bryna = to brown (food), sauté
  • brunaktig = brownish
  • brunhårig = brown haired
  • brunkol = lignite, brown coal
  • bli brun = to grow/turn brown, get a (sun)tan

pink rosa [roːsa] - pink, rosy, rose-coloured


orange orange [oranʃ / oranʒ] - orange, orange-coloured
brandgul = orange


grey grå [groː] - grey, deal, dismal, drab, dull, gloomy, leaden, mousy, sullen

Expressions:

  • att gråna = to go/become grey
  • grått hår = grey hair
  • gråhäger = grey heron

purple lila [liːla] = purple; purper = purple


Other colours

  • silver [silver] = silver
  • guld [guld] = gold
  • turkos [turkoːs] = turquoise
  • indigo [indiːgo] = indigo
  • violett [violetː] = violet
  • skär [ɧæːr] = rosy, rose-coloured
  • beige [beːɧ] = beige

Corrections by / Rättelser av Mattias Persson

Hear some Swedish words for colours:

Information about colours in Swedish
https://blogs.transparent.com/swedish/15-swedish-color-words/

Sources

https://www.dict.com/swedish-english
https://en.bab.la/dictionary/english-swedish/

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