Definition of colourful in English:

colourful

(US colorful)

adjective

  • 1Having much or varied colour; bright.

    ‘a colourful array of fruit’
    • ‘The show opened with colourful sets and bright costumes.’
    • ‘This is a lovely book to browse through - full of inviting, colourful pictures and uncluttered text.’
    • ‘It's going to be a really colourful, bright musical set in Brazil in the 1960s.’
    • ‘The company produces hand-made chocolates in bright colourful wrapping.’
    • ‘All of the costumes for the country dances were bright, colourful and really looked the part.’
    • ‘One side room has a varied and colourful display of period costume.’
    • ‘The views are breathtaking, and in summer the garden itself is very colourful and bright.’
    • ‘It is wacky and different, bright and colourful.’
    • ‘Their living quarters were bright and colourful; they had luxurious food, and had access to the outside world.’
    • ‘My whole brain seemed to fizz and the world appeared to be a brighter, more colourful place.’
    • ‘Winters were always grey here, summers were always bright and colourful, at least in my memory.’
    • ‘It's bright and shiny and colourful, and it frequently makes me smile, and it's honest about its utter superficiality.’
    • ‘They produced bright, colourful paintings of chariots, horses, temples and other scenes associated with life in the time of the Romans.’
    • ‘A parent, who is a costumer for a theatre company, provided many of the bright, colourful costumes.’
    • ‘The house had never seemed so bright and colourful due to the many ribbons and banners.’
    • ‘The family show includes colourful costumes, lively characters, music, comedy and audience participation.’
    • ‘Sunday's parade promises to be the biggest, brightest and most colourful parade ever in the county town.’
    • ‘The scenery was bright and colourful, as were the costumes.’
    • ‘The wagons were all unpainted and plain, making them look dull compared to the bright colourful tents.’
    • ‘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.’
    brightly coloured, bright-coloured, deep-coloured, brilliant, glowing, radiant, vivid, rich, vibrant
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  • 2Full of interest; lively and exciting.

    ‘a controversial and colourful character’
    ‘a colourful account’
    • ‘Cardington has had a colourful past, full of triumph and disaster.’
    • ‘First, this nuanced, detailed and ever colorful account of Parisian life requires discussion.’
    • ‘In their pursuit of their rights, including to marry, they have been determined but have made their campaign fun, lively, colorful and open to others.’
    • ‘Miss Annear's narrative, lively and colourful, flows right along.’
    • ‘His sax playing was colourful, strong and exciting.’
    • ‘I duly left school and became a typist in the Mines Department where I met some interesting and colourful characters.’
    • ‘His lyrics are always childlike and unpretentious, evoking ridiculous pictures and colourful characters.’
    • ‘A number of businesses and local organisations also took part in a very lively and colourful occasion.’
    • ‘It was a burst of colourful activity that heralded the arrival of the digital channel on television scene.’
    • ‘Along the way, he meets a long line of interesting and colourful characters.’
    • ‘The National University of Colombia, in Bogota, is a colourful and lively place.’
    • ‘This should preferably be a person about whom mysterious questions can be raised, someone with an interesting or colorful background.’
    vivid, graphic, lively, animated, dramatic, striking, arresting, picturesque, interesting, stimulating, fascinating, scintillating, rich, evocative, detailed, highly coloured
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    1. 2.1 Involving variously disreputable activities.
      ‘the financier had had a colourful career’
      • ‘The dramatic announcement brings to an end one of the most controversial and colourful careers in Scottish football.’
      • ‘The axe finally swung on a career, one can only describe as short and colourful, but great while it lasted.’
      • ‘His current advisers fear that his colourful past and his liberal social positions could scupper his candidacy.’
      • ‘It's a conscientious and enjoyable peek at the life and career of one of our most colourful politicians.’
      • ‘His footballing career has been almost as colourful as his business affairs.’
      • ‘His career might politely be described as colourful.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, as we all know, he has had a colourful past.’
    2. 2.2 (of language) vulgar or rude.
      ‘she made it clear, in colourful language, that she did not wish to talk to the police’
      • ‘Profanities didn't actually litter the production but the episodes did feature some of the most colourful language ever heard on TV.’
      • ‘My language was colourful and consisted of mostly four-letter words.’
      • ‘He is also sorry for the colourful language used to emphasise the point.’
      • ‘This, of course, is what in essence he had told Richardson, although in more colourful language.’
      • ‘Despite her colourful language, which may have owed something to her Australian origins, she was a devout Catholic.’
      • ‘Here's Howard Jacobson, and a warning about some colourful language.’
      • ‘I then called back and in slightly more colorful language asked him why he had hung up on me and whether he would identify himself.’
      • ‘I am older and I hope wiser and, as the nominee of my party, I have an obligation to use less colourful language.’
      • ‘It appears to me wholly regrettable and unnecessary that such colourful language was used in the first press release.’
      • ‘I cannot repeat what was said to him because it's too disturbing and contains some pretty colourful language.’
      • ‘And there's some very colorful language in some of those opinions.’
      • ‘There was silence and then she let out another stream of colourful language.’
      • ‘Occasional outbreaks of colourful language aside, the exchanges seemed surprisingly civilised.’
      • ‘The colourful language made for entertaining viewing.’
      • ‘Mr Berger is a straight talker and uses some colourful language.’
      • ‘Admittedly their language is rather colourful, but nothing worse than you'd hear in the first minute of Four Weddings And A Funeral.’
      • ‘He uttered a crude four-letter curse that would rival any sailor's colorful language, then tried to roll over again.’
      • ‘I think it is probably more colourful language than is merited.’
      • ‘This version has had some of the more colourful language removed.’
      • ‘I said a few colorful words in our language, making him laugh.’
      rude, indecent, indelicate, offensive, distasteful, obnoxious, risqué, suggestive, racy, earthy, off colour, coarse, crude, ribald, rabelaisian, bawdy, obscene, lewd, salacious, licentious, vile, depraved, sordid, smutty, dirty, filthy, pornographic, x-rated, scatological
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Pronunciation

colourful

/ˈkʌləfʊl//ˈkʌləf(ə)l/