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having intense colour or richly varied colours
vivid, rich, or distinctive in character
Derived Forms
colourfully, adverb
colourfulness, noun
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  • Flush, colourful cheeks, a light moustache, a grey fedora hat.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Beautiful was the world, colourful was the world, strange and mysterious was the world!

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • I recommend this colourful fourteenth-century book to lovers of fantasy.

  • His iron-grey hair was just as thick and colourful as before.

    The Man in the Twilight

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • Mrs. Penny secured her needle, and put the colourful web aside.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • But they couldn't spoil the sunset, and Medinet was a colourful picture of the Orient, towering against the crimson west.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The walls were stretched with this colourful cloth, and the arm-chairs and the couches were to match.

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