Definition of colourful in English:


Line breaks: col¦our|ful
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌləfʊl
, -f(ə)l/
(US colorful)


  • 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.



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  • 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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