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[kuhl-er-fuh l]
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  1. abounding in color: In their tartans, the Scots guard made a colorful array.
  2. richly eventful or picturesque: a colorful historical period.
  3. presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes: a colorful narrative.
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Origin of colorful

First recorded in 1885–90; color + -ful
Related formscol·or·ful·ly, adverbcol·or·ful·ness, nounun·col·or·ful, adjective


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3. vigorous, spirited, dynamic.
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1889, in figurative sense of "interesting," from color (n.) + -ful. Related: Colorfully.

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