Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

florid

play
adjective flor·id \ˈflȯr-əd, ˈflär-\

Simple Definition of florid

  • : very fancy or too fancy

  • : having a red or reddish color

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of florid

  1. 1 a obsolete :  covered with flowers b :  very flowery in style :  ornate <florid prose> <florid declamations>; also :  having a florid style <a florid writer> c :  elaborately decorated <a florid interior>

  2. 2 a :  tinged with red :  ruddy <a florid complexion> b :  marked by emotional or sexual fervor <a florid secret life> <a florid sensibility>

  3. 3 archaic :  healthy

  4. 4 :  fully developed :  manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome <the florid stage of a disease>

floridity

play \flə-ˈri-də-tē, flȯ-\ noun

floridly

play \ˈflȯr-əd-lē, ˈflär-\ adverb

floridness

play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of florid in a sentence

  1. <a florid, gilded mirror that took up most of the wall>

  2. <gave a florid speech in honor of the queen's visit>



Did You Know?

When it first entered English "florid" was used with the literal meaning "covered with flowers." That use, though now obsolete, hints at the word's history. English speakers borrowed "florid" from the Latin adjective floridus ("blooming" or "flowery"), itself from the verb "florēre" ("to bloom"). "Florēre," which in turn comes from a Latin root meaning "flower," is also an ancestor of the words "flourish" and "florescence" ("a state or period of flourishing"). These days, "florid" can refer to an overblown style in speech, writing, or decoration. As such, its synonyms include "ornate," "rococo," and "overwrought."

Origin and Etymology of florid

Latin floridus blooming, flowery, from florēre


First Known Use: 1651


FLORID Defined for Kids

florid

play
adjective flor·id \ˈflȯr-əd\

Definition of florid for Students

  1. 1 :  very fancy or flowery in style <florid writing>

  2. 2 :  having a reddish color <a florid face>




Medical Dictionary

florid

play
adjective flor·id \ˈflȯr-əd, ˈflär-\

Medical Definition of florid

  1. :  fully developed :  manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome <florid hyperplasia>

floridly

adverb




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up florid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to criticize in a loud and angry way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

philistine lazy frenetic melancholy
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ