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[flawr-id, flor-] /ˈflɔr ɪd, ˈflɒr-/
reddish; ruddy; rosy:
a florid complexion.
flowery; excessively ornate; showy:
florid writing.
Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.
Origin of florid
1635-45; < Latin flōridus, equivalent to flōr(ēre) to bloom (see florescence) + -idus -id4
Related forms
[flaw-rid-i-tee, fluh-] /flɔˈrɪd ɪ ti, flə-/ (Show IPA),
floridness, noun
floridly, adverb
overflorid, adjective
overfloridly, adverb
overfloridness, noun
unflorid, adjective
2. flamboyant, grandiloquent, rococo; flash, gaudy.
1. pale. 2. plain, simple, unaffected. Unabridged
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  • The other was blond, floridly blond, and unmistakably Teutonic.

    The Tempering

    Charles Neville Buck
  • Kinnard Towers was floridly blond of coloring, mild of eye and urbanely soft-spoken of voice.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • The front in Cheapside, which alone can be seen, is narrow, but floridly adorned with carvings and architectural ornaments.

  • A frown incongruously distorted his round, floridly curved face.

    Mortal Coils Aldous Huxley
  • As they took their seats the man, a floridly handsome person, was at Dahlia's elbow.

    A Court of Inquiry Grace S. Richmond
  • He was a portly, floridly handsome man of some thirty summers, and he would not live to see the sun rise again.

    The Buttoned Sky Geoff St. Reynard
  • We drank green tea flavoured with mint from tiny glasses that were floridly embossed in gilt.

    Morocco S.L. Bensusan
  • Walker promptly called out a floridly complimentary invitation for the visitor to enter.

    A Volunteer with Pike Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for floridly


having a red or flushed complexion
excessively ornate; flowery: florid architecture
an archaic word for flowery
Derived Forms
floridity, floridness, noun
floridly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin flōridus blooming
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Word Origin and History for floridly



1640s, "strikingly beautiful," from French floride "flourishing," from Latin floridus "flowery, in bloom," from flos "flower" (see flora). Sense of "ruddy" is first recorded 1640s. Meaning "profusely adorned, as with flowers," is from 1650s. Related: Floridly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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floridly in Medicine

florid flor·id (flôr'ĭd)
Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.

flo·rid'i·ty (flə-rĭd'ĭ-tē, flô-) or flor'id·ness n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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