Definition of colourful in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌləfʊl/
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌləf(ə)l/
(US colorful)


1Having much or varied colour; bright: a colourful array of fruit
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  • 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.
brightly coloured, bright-coloured, deep-coloured, brilliant, glowing, radiant, vivid, rich, vibrant;
eye-catching, flamboyant, showy, gaudy, glaring, garish, flashy;
multicoloured, multicolour, many-coloured, many-hued, rainbow, rainbow-like, varicoloured, variegated, harlequin, motley, prismatic, polychromatic, psychedelic
informal jazzy, (looking) like an explosion in a paint factory
2Full of interest; lively and exciting: a controversial and colourful character a colourful account
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  • 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.
vivid, graphic, lively, animated, dramatic, striking, arresting, picturesque, interesting, stimulating, fascinating, scintillating, rich, evocative, detailed, highly coloured
2.1Involving variously disreputable activities: the financier had had a colourful career
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  • 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: she made it clear, in colourful language, that she did not wish to talk to the police
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈkʌləf(ə)li/
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.


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  • 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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