beige

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French dialectal beige, from Old French bege (color of undyed wool or cotton), from an Alpine language (compare Franco-Provençal bézho, Romansch besch (dull grey)), from Vulgar Latin *bysseus (cottony grey) (compare French bis, Catalan bis, Italian bìgio), from Late Latin byssus 'cotton', from Ancient Greek βύσσος (bússos) 'cotton homespun', from Semitic (compare Hebrew/Aramaic [script needed] (būṣ))

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beige (plural beiges)

  1. A slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.
    beige colour:    
  2. debeige; a kind of woollen or mixed dress goods

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beige (comparative beiger or more beige, superlative beigest or most beige)

  1. Having a slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 24, Crime out of Mind[1]:
      Dagobert had only one customer, an American who wore square, rimless glasses and a beige suit and looked like a Wall Street tycoon.
  2. (informal) Comfortably dull and unadventurous, in a way that suggests middle-class suburbia.
    • 2007, Prairie L. Markussen, Cover (page 48)
      Think about it: he grew up in Iowa, the beigest of states, was doted on, loved generously by his parents, the top of his class, probably voted Most Handsome of 2000.
    • 2010, Gerald J. McCarthy, A Man of Substances
      In the beigest parts of suburbia where I grew up, bridge was a game played by groups of parents in recreation rooms furnished with upright pianos and souvenir sombreros.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French beige

Adjective[edit]

beige (attributive beige, comparative beiger, superlative beigeste)

  1. beige

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French beige

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beige (comparative beiger, superlative meest beige or beigest)

  1. beige

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French beige

Adjective[edit]

beige  (comparative beigempi, superlative beigein)

  1. beige

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beige

  1. beige (color)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French bege.

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beige (masculine and feminine, plural beiges)

  1. beige

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French beige.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Basic form: IPA(key): [beːʃ], [bɛːʃ]
  • Inflected forms: IPA(key): [beːʒə], [bɛːʒə], [beːʃə], [bɛːʃə]

Adjective[edit]

beige (not comparable)

  1. beige

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Usage notes[edit]

Beige is inflected like a regular adjective in pronunciation. However, since its basic form is written with a mute -e, the inflectional ending -e is not visible in writing: das beige [beːʒə] Haus – the beige house.

The other inflectional endings are visible: in dem beigen Haus – in the beige house.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French beige

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beige (masculine {{{1}}}, feminine {{{2}}}, neuter {{{3}}})

  1. beige

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This adjective needs an inflection-table template.


Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French beige

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beige m, f (plural beige)

  1. beige

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested from 1895. Borrowing from French beige. The slang definition is likely associated to the perceived blandness of the color.

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beige

  1. Beige.
    Hon hade en lång, beige kappa på sig.
    "She wore a long, beige coat."
  2. (slang) Boring, uninteresting, negative.
    Din morsa är så jävla beige!
    "Your mother is so damn dull."

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