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flowery

[flou-uh-ree] /ˈflaʊ ə ri/
adjective, flowerier, floweriest.
1.
covered with or having many flowers.
2.
decorated with floral designs.
3.
rhetorically ornate or precious:
flowery language.
4.
resembling a flower in fragrance:
a Rhine wine with a flowery aroma.
Origin of flowery
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at flower, -y1
Related forms
flowerily, adverb
floweriness, noun
unflowery, adjective
Synonyms
3. florid, showy, elaborate.
Synonym Study
3. See bombastic.
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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.

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  • 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."

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British Dictionary definitions for flowery

flowery

/ˈflaʊərɪ/
adjective
1.
abounding in flowers
2.
decorated with flowers or floral patterns
3.
like or suggestive of flowers: a flowery scent
4.
(of language or style) elaborate; ornate
Derived Forms
floweriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flowery
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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