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colorful

Syllabification: col·or·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈkələrfəl
 
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(British colourful)

Definition of colorful in English:

adjective

1Having much or varied color; bright: a colorful array of fruit
More example sentences
  • The local committee have asked you all to make a special effort over the next two weeks to have Newport looking clean and tidy, bright and colourful.
  • The company produces hand-made chocolates in bright colourful wrapping.
  • It is wacky and different, bright and colourful.
Synonyms
brightly colored, vivid, vibrant, brilliant, radiant, rich;
gaudy, glaring, garish;
2Full of interest; lively and exciting: a controversial and colorful character a colorful account of the meeting
More example sentences
  • I duly left school and became a typist in the Mines Department where I met some interesting and colourful characters.
  • Along the way, he meets a long line of interesting and colourful characters.
  • His lyrics are always childlike and unpretentious, evoking ridiculous pictures and colourful characters.
Synonyms
vivid, graphic, lively, animated, dramatic, fascinating, interesting, stimulating, scintillating, evocative
2.1(Of a person’s life or background) involving variously disreputable activities: he gained a playboy reputation during a colorful bachelorhood
More example sentences
  • The dramatic announcement brings to an end one of the most controversial and colourful careers in Scottish football.
  • But it has often been his colourful private life as much as his promising political career that has ensured he is never far from the media spotlight.
  • It's a conscientious and enjoyable peek at the life and career of one of our most colourful politicians.
2.2(Of language) vulgar or rude: colorful words usually impolite in public meetings
More example sentences
  • I said a few colorful words in our language, making him laugh.
  • My language was colourful and consisted of mostly four-letter words.
  • He uttered a crude four-letter curse that would rival any sailor's colorful language, then tried to roll over again.

Derivatives

colorfully

1
Pronunciation: /-f(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • The new booklet, which is beautifully and colourfully produced, draws together for the first time, details of the many natural attractions and significant buildings of West Waterford.
  • Every summer, the streets of Edmonton become filled with a myriad of colourfully costumed characters singing and dancing their blues away during one of the city's most popular street festivals.
  • It began at around noon when a group of about 100 colourfully dressed people set off from Princes Street towards the financial district, banging drums and waving black flags.

colorfulness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • During my journey into work this morning I was almost blinded by the relative colourfulness and brightness of London.
  • Their presence and their industry have done a lot for Bedford, and add to the colourfulness of this cosmopolitan town.
  • By contrast, but as impactful, is his still life - completely different in its striking colourfulness.

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