[ flou-uh-ree ]
/ ˈflaʊ ə ri /

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

Synonym study

3. See bombastic.
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British Dictionary definitions for flowery


/ (ˈflaʊərɪ) /


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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