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flowery

[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.
  3. rhetorically ornate or precious: flowery language.
  4. resembling a flower in fragrance: a Rhine wine with a flowery aroma.
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Origin of flowery

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at flower, -y1
Related formsflow·er·i·ly, adverbflow·er·i·ness, nounun·flow·er·y, adjective

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3. florid, showy, elaborate.

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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.

    The Contrast

    Royall Tyler

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for flowery

flowery

adjective
  1. abounding in flowers
  2. decorated with flowers or floral patterns
  3. like or suggestive of flowersa flowery scent
  4. (of language or style) elaborate; ornate
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Derived Formsfloweriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for flowery

adj.

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

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