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[kuhl-er-fuh l] /ˈkʌl ər fəl/
abounding in color:
In their tartans, the Scots guard made a colorful array.
richly eventful or picturesque:
a colorful historical period.
presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes:
a colorful narrative.
Origin of colorful
First recorded in 1885-90; color + -ful
Related forms
colorfully, adverb
colorfulness, noun
uncolorful, adjective
3. vigorous, spirited, dynamic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And so, back in the colorful days of the building of the fast-growing West, young Isaac Burns constructed his warehouse.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Mr. Ziegfeld never produced so fantastic and colorful a spectacle.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • The window to which they moved allowed a glimpse of the colorful street.

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • A colorful romance of the pioneer West before the Civil War.

  • All kinds of crackers and colorful dips can be used, from celery stalks and potato chips to thin paddles cut from Bombay duck.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
Word Origin and History for colorful

1889, in figurative sense of "interesting," from color (n.) + -ful. Related: Colorfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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