adjective, flow·er·i·er, flow·er·i·est.

covered with or having many flowers.
decorated with floral designs.
rhetorically ornate or precious: flowery language.
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
Related formsflow·er·i·ly, adverbflow·er·i·ness, nounun·flow·er·y, adjective

Synonyms for flowery

Synonym study

3. See bombastic.
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Examples from the Web for flowery

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Historical Examples of flowery

  • 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



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

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

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