colorful

adjective
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.

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Watch below for an inside look at how Linda's colorful creations come to life, then read on for the working mom's style must-haves. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "What This Insta-Famous Mom Wears for a 12-Hour Workday," 8 Apr. 2019 Emmanuel went a much more colorful route, tapping makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan to create a red-hot eye and lip look inspired by her gown. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nathalie Emmanuel and Maisie Williams Both Wore the Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collab," 4 Apr. 2019 Here, divers can find the rare mimic octopus as well as a vast number of beautiful turtles and colorful fish with wall diving. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 New additions include the colorful inklings from Splatoon, Simon Belmont from Castlevania, and villains like Donkey Kong’s King K. Rool and Metroid’s Ridley. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the complete package," 6 Dec. 2018 All the colorful icons on the screen — the trash can, the mouse pointer, the file folders — bear no resemblance at all to what’s really going on inside the computer. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 To really ramp up the styling, try an equally as graphic pair of black-and-white hoop earrings and break up the monochromatic vibe with a tiny, colorful bag. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "Hot Days Call for a White Dress and Sneakers," 13 July 2018 Since then, it's become known and loved for its vibrant and colorful designs. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Brazilian Brand Is About to Become Every Fashion Girl’s Favorite," 19 Mar. 2019 Annually, visitors can see gorgeous colors in the California deserts beginning in mid-March and lasting through the end of the month, though this year is particularly bright and colorful because of the super bloom. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Wildflower 'Super Bloom' Is Causing Millions of Butterflies to Swarm Southern California," 18 Mar. 2019

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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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colorful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of colorful

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

colorful

adjective
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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