col·​or·​ful | \ ˈkə-lər-fəl How to pronounce colorful (audio) \

Definition of colorful

1 : having striking colors colorful scenery
2a : full of variety or interest a colorful description
b of speech : rude, offensive … he had begun to gamble and use colorful language …— Yohannes Edemariam

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Other Words from colorful

colorfully \ ˈkə-​lər-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce colorfully (audio) \ adverb
colorfulness \ ˈkə-​lər-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce colorfulness (audio) \ noun

Examples of colorful in a Sentence

I wore a colorful outfit. He gave a colorful account of his travels.
Recent Examples on the Web Though her top and bottom were already colorful, the model went the extra fashion mile to add some color through her shoes too. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Irina Shayk's Bright Pink UGGs Are a Lewk," 8 Oct. 2020 All the trails are blazingly colorful during autumn, often heightened on cloudless days by an azure sky. New York Times, "Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 In general, her style is colorful, and always punctuated by high heels. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Sarah Jessica Parker Steps Out in a Classic New York Look," 23 Sep. 2020 The colorful and creative parklets often reflect the character of the sponsoring restaurant. Willie Brown,, "Willie Brown: Dislike for Trump alone won’t carry Democrats. They need enthusiasm," 19 Sep. 2020 National Weather Service Cleveland meteorologist Keith Jaszka said the smoke from the fires has caused sunsets and sunrises to be slightly more colorful here. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "That hazy Northeast Ohio sunshine is caused by smoke from West Coast wildfires," 16 Sep. 2020 Among the looks featured in the video were bike shorts, crop tops, track pants, and face masks, all as colorful and vibrant as the playground they were modeled on. Eliza Huber,, "Chromat’s NYFW Film Sends An Important Message & Debuts New Masks," 15 Sep. 2020 Ginsburg wrote fiery dissents and wore colorful and elaborate jabots over her black robes that became known as dissent collars. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michiganders called to action, activism in wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death," 22 Sep. 2020 While scientists have a pretty good handle on what causes the colorful changes to occur in trees and shrubs during autumn, there are still a few mysteries. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona fall colors 2020 forecast: When and where to see the leaves around the state," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of colorful

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colorful

color entry 1 + -ful entry 1

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The first known use of colorful was in 1848

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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Colorful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce colorful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of colorful

: having a bright color or a lot of different colors : full of color
: interesting or exciting


col·​or·​ful | \ ˈkə-lər-fəl How to pronounce colorful (audio) \

Kids Definition of colorful

1 : having bright colors
2 : full of variety or interest She is a colorful person.

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