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 Vistaprint has a host of fun, colorful masks including some with bright dinosaur prints, lightning bolts and hearts. Leada Gore |, al, "Disney is now selling a Baby Yoda face mask; where to get cute masks for kids," 19 May 2020 Three schoolteachers — Hali Tuomi, Kirstin Barboza and Kristen Kangas — all wearing colorful cloth face masks, gloves and sunglasses, stood in front of Sand Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, waving hello to families of students driving up. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage schools reunite students with pencil boxes, light-up sneakers and other left-behind possessions," 6 May 2020 Amid the colorful dresses and fascinators that the three spectators wore, the coronavirus pandemic couldn't stop the 13th annual Running of the Roaches inside the classroom of St. Francis School second grade teacher Joanne Brock. Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal, "In a school without students, teaching and Kentucky Derby fun are live streamed," 1 May 2020 Now, the colorful home is on the market again for $1,095,000. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Walt Disney’s Former “Technicolor Dream House” is on the Market for $1.095 Million," 2 Apr. 2020 The book’s 800 illustrations reveal similarities between sinuous walls along Japanese gardens and Libyan medina alleyways, and kindred-spirited caretakers at work on New Mexican pueblos and colorful earthen homes in Burkina Faso. New York Times, "These Books Move Heaven and Earth," 12 Mar. 2020 Use colorful markers to write and decorate your notes. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: That baby in the stroller you’re pushing is more important than your phone," 2 Mar. 2020 Makoko has a diverse and colorful history and was established when fishermen from nearby Togo and the Republic of Benin settled there about a century ago. Oluwatosin Adeshokan, CNN, "How Makoko, Nigeria's floating slum went digital," 26 Feb. 2020 The rapper and Kim Kardashian West are currently in Paris, where the reality TV star stopped by designer Jean Paul Gaultier's headquarters to try on a colorful body-hugging dress. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Kanye West Chowed Down on KFC While Kim Kardashian Tried on Designer Dresses & Twitter Went Wild," 19 Feb. 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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Colorful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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