[ kuhl-er-fuhl ]
/ ˈkʌl ər fəl /


abounding in color: In their tartans, the Scots guard made a colorful array.
richly eventful or picturesque: a colorful historical period.
presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes: a colorful narrative.

Nearby words

  1. colorectostomy,
  2. colored,
  3. colored stone,
  4. colorfast,
  5. colorfield,
  6. colorfully,
  7. colorific,
  8. colorimeter,
  9. colorimetry,
  10. coloring

Origin of colorful

First recorded in 1885–90; color + -ful

Related formscol·or·ful·ly, adverbcol·or·ful·ness, nounun·col·or·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for colorful



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper