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“Discolored” or “Discoloured”


Discolored and discoloured are both English terms.


Discolored is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while discoloured is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
discolored 99 19 51 92 55 24 0 26 27 65 49 0
discoloured 1 81 49 8 45 76 0 74 73 35 51 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "discolored" over "discoloured" (99 to 1).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 81 to 19 preference for "discoloured" over "discolored".
  • In India, there is a preference for "discolored" over "discoloured" (51 to 49).
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "discolored" over "discoloured" (92 to 8).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "discolored" over "discoloured" (55 to 45).
  • In Australia, there is a 76 to 24 preference for "discoloured" over "discolored".
  • In Liberia, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "discolored" and "discoloured".
  • In Ireland, there is a 74 to 26 preference for "discoloured" over "discolored".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 73 to 27 preference for "discoloured" over "discolored".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "discolored" over "discoloured" (65 to 35).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a 51 to 49 preference for "discoloured" over "discolored".
  • In Guyana, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "discolored" and "discoloured".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use discolored or discoloured with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “discolored”

  • completely or back to just discolored stumps.
  • after severe blistering, scarring and discolored skin remain.
  • He also discolored the floors and walls of
  • use indicated an area of "discolored water", an indication of the
  • Glasser has discolored patches on his glans due
  • recently been conserved; layers of discolored, non-original linseed oil were removed
  • Patients may also show deformed, discolored teeth or gum and eye
  • was unsuccessful, and Misawa's body discolored as EMTs attempted to revive
  • which has become damaged and discolored, reflects the viewers on the
  • Peak was named for its discolored snow banks due to rapid

Examples of “discoloured”

  • pigments for most enamel colours discoloured at the high temperatures required
  • that the painting is "somewhat discoloured."
  • the crossed mines is always discoloured into pale green or yellowish-green.
  • Discoloured or wall eyes (pale blue
  • The wall has become discoloured from pollution and has not
  • takes its name from a discoloured human skull on the living
  • the full-depth type within the discoloured area of the leaf.
  • mine is seen on the discoloured apical area of the leaf.
  • if so they may produce discoloured, small papules.
  • a major pollution plume that discoloured the estuary and deposited high

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