Definition of colorful in English:

colorful

(British colourful)

adjective

  • 1Having much or varied color; bright.

    ‘a colorful array of fruit’
    • ‘The show opened with colourful sets and bright costumes.’
    • ‘It's going to be a really colourful, bright musical set in Brazil in the 1960s.’
    • ‘My whole brain seemed to fizz and the world appeared to be a brighter, more colourful place.’
    • ‘The house had never seemed so bright and colourful due to the many ribbons and banners.’
    • ‘The scenery was bright and colourful, as were the costumes.’
    • ‘A parent, who is a costumer for a theatre company, provided many of the bright, colourful costumes.’
    • ‘It is wacky and different, bright and colourful.’
    • ‘The views are breathtaking, and in summer the garden itself is very colourful and bright.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a lovely book to browse through - full of inviting, colourful pictures and uncluttered text.’
    • ‘The wagons were all unpainted and plain, making them look dull compared to the bright colourful tents.’
    • ‘It's bright and shiny and colourful, and it frequently makes me smile, and it's honest about its utter superficiality.’
    • ‘Winters were always grey here, summers were always bright and colourful, at least in my memory.’
    • ‘All of the costumes for the country dances were bright, colourful and really looked the part.’
    • ‘The family show includes colourful costumes, lively characters, music, comedy and audience participation.’
    • ‘The company produces hand-made chocolates in bright colourful wrapping.’
    • ‘Sunday's parade promises to be the biggest, brightest and most colourful parade ever in the county town.’
    • ‘One side room has a varied and colourful display of period costume.’
    • ‘Their living quarters were bright and colourful; they had luxurious food, and had access to the outside world.’
    • ‘They produced bright, colourful paintings of chariots, horses, temples and other scenes associated with life in the time of the Romans.’
    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 colorful character’
    ‘a colorful account of the meeting’
    • ‘It was a burst of colourful activity that heralded the arrival of the digital channel on television scene.’
    • ‘First, this nuanced, detailed and ever colorful account of Parisian life requires discussion.’
    • ‘A number of businesses and local organisations also took part in a very lively and colourful occasion.’
    • ‘The National University of Colombia, in Bogota, is a colourful and lively place.’
    • ‘His lyrics are always childlike and unpretentious, evoking ridiculous pictures and colourful characters.’
    • ‘Miss Annear's narrative, lively and colourful, flows right along.’
    • ‘Along the way, he meets a long line of interesting and colourful characters.’
    • ‘His sax playing was colourful, strong and exciting.’
    • ‘This should preferably be a person about whom mysterious questions can be raised, someone with an interesting or colorful background.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I duly left school and became a typist in the Mines Department where I met some interesting and colourful characters.’
    • ‘Cardington has had a colourful past, full of triumph and disaster.’
    vivid, graphic, lively, animated, dramatic, striking, arresting, picturesque, interesting, stimulating, fascinating, scintillating, rich, evocative, detailed, highly coloured
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    1. 2.1 (of a person's life or background) involving variously disreputable activities.
      ‘he gained a playboy reputation during a colorful bachelorhood’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dramatic announcement brings to an end one of the most controversial and colourful careers in Scottish football.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, as we all know, he has had a colourful past.’
      • ‘His current advisers fear that his colourful past and his liberal social positions could scupper his candidacy.’
      • ‘His career might politely be described as colourful.’
      • ‘The axe finally swung on a career, one can only describe as short and colourful, but great while it lasted.’
    2. 2.2 (of language) vulgar or rude.
      ‘colorful words usually impolite in public meetings’
      • ‘He is also sorry for the colourful language used to emphasise the point.’
      • ‘I think it is probably more colourful language than is merited.’
      • ‘This version has had some of the more colourful language removed.’
      • ‘Here's Howard Jacobson, and a warning about some colourful language.’
      • ‘There was silence and then she let out another stream of colourful language.’
      • ‘Occasional outbreaks of colourful language aside, the exchanges seemed surprisingly civilised.’
      • ‘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 cannot repeat what was said to him because it's too disturbing and contains some pretty colourful language.’
      • ‘He uttered a crude four-letter curse that would rival any sailor's colorful language, then tried to roll over again.’
      • ‘Profanities didn't actually litter the production but the episodes did feature some of the most colourful language ever heard on TV.’
      • ‘The colourful language made for entertaining viewing.’
      • ‘And there's some very colorful language in some of those opinions.’
      • ‘It appears to me wholly regrettable and unnecessary that such colourful language was used in the first press release.’
      • ‘This, of course, is what in essence he had told Richardson, although in more colourful language.’
      • ‘My language was colourful and consisted of mostly four-letter words.’
      • ‘I said a few colorful words in our language, making him laugh.’
      • ‘I am older and I hope wiser and, as the nominee of my party, I have an obligation to use less colourful language.’
      • ‘Mr Berger is a straight talker and uses some colourful language.’
      • ‘Despite her colourful language, which may have owed something to her Australian origins, she was a devout Catholic.’
      • ‘Admittedly their language is rather colourful, but nothing worse than you'd hear in the first minute of Four Weddings And A Funeral.’
      rude, indecent, indelicate, offensive, distasteful, obnoxious, risqué, suggestive, racy, earthy, off colour, colourful, coarse, crude, ribald, rabelaisian, bawdy, obscene, lewd, salacious, licentious, vile, depraved, sordid, smutty, dirty, filthy, pornographic, x-rated, scatological
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Pronunciation

colorful

/ˈkələrfəl//ˈkələrfəl/