One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a colourful array of fruit’
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, like an explosion in a paint factory, looking like an explosion in a paint factory
2‘he regaled her with a colourful account of that afternoon's meeting’
vivid, graphic, lively, animated, dramatic, striking, arresting, picturesque, interesting, stimulating, fascinating, scintillating, rich, evocative, detailed, highly coloured
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