colorful

adjective col·or·ful \ ˈkə-lər-fəl \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of colorful

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

colorfully

play \ˈkə-lər-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

colorfulness

play \ˈkə-lər-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of colorful in a Sentence

  1. I wore a colorful outfit.

  2. He gave a colorful account of his travels.

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First Known Use of colorful

1848

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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COLORFUL Defined for English Language Learners

colorful

Definition of colorful for English Language Learners

  • : having a bright color or a lot of different colors : full of color

  • : interesting or exciting


COLORFUL Defined for Kids

colorful

adjective col·or·ful \ ˈkə-lər-fəl \

Definition of colorful for Students

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


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