[ flou-uh-ree ]
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adjective,flow·er·i·er, flow·er·i·est.
  1. covered with or having many flowers.

  2. decorated with floral designs.

  1. rhetorically ornate or precious: flowery language.

  2. 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

synonym study For flowery

3. See bombastic.

Other words for flowery

Other words from flowery

  • flow·er·i·ly, adverb
  • flow·er·i·ness, noun
  • un·flow·er·y, adjective

Words Nearby flowery

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How to use flowery in a sentence

  • They wound through the flowery labyrinth whose mazes were her care and delight.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • The Arab bowed low before the bishop and Bouillon, and muttered some flowery compliments in his own tongue.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • She was a tiny thing, in a marvellous frock and a flowery hat and a silver girdle and chatelaine.

  • None of your vales, nor your dews and your roses—and your flowery fields, and your myrtle groves.

    The Hubble-Shue | Christian Carstairs

British Dictionary definitions for flowery


/ (ˈflaʊərɪ) /

  1. abounding in flowers

  2. decorated with flowers or floral patterns

  1. like or suggestive of flowers: a flowery scent

  2. (of language or style) elaborate; ornate

Derived forms of flowery

  • floweriness, noun

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