- 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 colorfully
The water pressure alone would turn a man into a “meat cloud” in a nanosecond, Cameron colorfully explains.James Cameron Dives into the Ocean's Abyss
July 21, 2014
Or maybe he was simply making his point as memorably—and colorfully—as he could.Senator to Students: I Don't Give a 'Tick's Shit'
September 6, 2010
While Twain loved to be colorfully garbed, he began experimenting with wearing all white as early as the 1870s.America's First Modern Celebrity
Laura Skandera Trombley
March 20, 2010
I had never seen such voluptuous and colorfully dressed women before in my life.Red, White, and Muslim
Asma Gull Hasan
February 26, 2009
Jesse talked most colorfully when resting; Jesse was a man of memories.Wilderness of Spring
The two cars moved through the town, past a group of colorfully arrayed people with flat turbans.The Pirates of Shan
Harold Leland Goodwin
But his elegantly embroidered crimson and gold robes made him a colorfully outstanding figure, even on this colorful waterfront.The Players
Everett B. Cole
Nancy found herself at home in this fine house in which life moved largely and colorfully.The Purple Heights
Marie Conway Oemler
The floor was covered with a steel-cloth rug and steel-cloth hangings, colorfully painted, hid the walls.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
Word Origin and History for colorfully
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