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[flou-uh-ree] /ˈflaʊ ə ri/
adjective, flowerier, floweriest.
covered with or having many flowers.
decorated with floral designs.
rhetorically ornate or precious:
flowery language.
resembling a flower in fragrance:
a Rhine wine with a flowery aroma.
Origin of flowery
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at flower, -y1
Related forms
flowerily, adverb
floweriness, noun
unflowery, adjective
3. florid, showy, elaborate.
Synonym Study
3. See bombastic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A flowery way, he was sure, with real grass in it like the Resident's garden.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • By what I can pick out of your flowery description, your brother is no beau.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • Meanwhile the hotel-keeper was to go about his duties at The flowery Crossways.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • There was stillness in the flowery region just above the Colonel's head.

  • The truth is, I don't like this cable; in spite of its flowery opening I don't like it at all.

  • But it isn't fair to shoot me up this way, with flowery speeches.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • A flower held a face, and a face held a flowery substance for him.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • It was the letter that had been addressed to Floyd on the barge "flowery Land."

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
British Dictionary definitions for flowery


abounding in flowers
decorated with flowers or floral patterns
like or suggestive of flowers: a flowery scent
(of language or style) elaborate; ornate
Derived Forms
floweriness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flowery

mid-14c., from flower (n.) + -y (2). Related: Floweriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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