- 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
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3. vigorous, spirited, dynamic.
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Examples from the Web for colorful
This collection features 100 fun, colorful, and sometimes delightfully irreverent messages designed by Friends with Type.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Taylor Swift in Your Life
November 29, 2014
Sure, there are some colorful English aristocrats still around, but is the age of the delightfully nutty toff at an end?The Death of the English Eccentric
November 25, 2014
Masters employed a colorful cast of characters off the air as well.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
Men cross the river at shallow points with herds of animals while women tend the fields in colorful dresses.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
I was looking for characters, originals, people who could articulate what they were doing in colorful ways.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
A colorful romance of the pioneer West before the Civil War.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
It was faded, now, but it had once been bright and colorful.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
Mr. Ziegfeld never produced so fantastic and colorful a spectacle.Where the Strange Trails Go Down
E. Alexander Powell
She had never, it seemed to her, seen so pure yet colorful a sky.The Squirrel-Cage
Here we find the woman decorating herself in the colorful garb.Women As Sex Vendors
R. B. Tobias
Word Origin and History for colorful
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