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[flawr-id, flor-]
  1. reddish; ruddy; rosy: a florid complexion.
  2. flowery; excessively ornate; showy: florid writing.
  3. Obsolete. abounding in or consisting of flowers.
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Origin of florid

1635–45; < Latin flōridus, equivalent to flōr(ēre) to bloom (see florescence) + -idus -id4
Related formsflo·rid·i·ty [flaw-rid-i-tee, fluh-] /flɔˈrɪd ɪ ti, flə-/, flor·id·ness, nounflor·id·ly, adverbo·ver·flor·id, adjectiveo·ver·flor·id·ly, adverbo·ver·flor·id·ness, nounun·flor·id, adjective



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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

British Dictionary definitions for floridly


  1. having a red or flushed complexion
  2. excessively ornate; floweryflorid architecture
  3. an archaic word for flowery
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Derived Formsfloridity or floridness, nounfloridly, 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.

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floridly in Medicine


  1. Of a bright red or ruddy color. Used of certain skin lesions.
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Related formsflo•ridi•ty (flə-rĭdĭ-tē, flô-) n.
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