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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In colorful and paranoid far-right rants, Mr. Moura accused feminists, teachers and mainstream politicians of waging vast conspiracies. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "How YouTube Radicalized Brazil," 11 Aug. 2019 Want to be more colorful and interesting on social media? Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "At Leon Gallery, the allure and danger of our Instagram lives," 4 Aug. 2019 Others, like the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown are colorful day and night. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Texas travel guide: Can you identify these famous Texas bridges?," 29 July 2019 There was an emphasis on glam vacation looks: Cindy Crawford brought her fashion A-game to the lake, taking in some rays on a rock in a colorful striped day dress. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Week on Instagram, Celebrities Take Vacation (But Make It Fashion)," 27 July 2019 The screen is colorful and vivid, responding quickly to up and down swipes to browse through menu options for music control, alarms, workout tracking modes, or settings. Natt Garun, The Verge, "The $40 Mi Band 4 is a nice fitness tracker — if you’re already healthy," 23 July 2019 Adults are always colorful, although the pattern varies depending on the region. Adriana Brasileiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Monster grasshoppers swarm Everglades," 19 July 2019 The former First Lady donned a white top complete with billowy sleeves while the human rights attorney opted for a colorful dress with pink and orange prints by Gucci. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Obamas and Clooneys Have a Chic Double Date in Lake Como," 25 June 2019 Both the black enameled interior and colorful enameled exterior are durable and resistant to stains. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Cast-Iron Skillets to Last a Lifetime," 29 July 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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