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[kuhl-er-fuh l] /ˈkʌl ər fəl/
abounding in color:
In their tartans, the Scots guard made a colorful array.
richly eventful or picturesque:
a colorful historical period.
presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes:
a colorful narrative.
Origin of colorful
1885-90; color + -ful
Related forms
colorfully, adverb
colorfulness, noun
uncolorful, adjective
3. vigorous, spirited, dynamic. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The calm waters and an abundance of colorful coral, tropical fish and other marine life make it a popular snorkeling spot.
  • The perception of raw aridity is belied by a surprising amount of life: insects and lizards, the colorful opportunists.
  • Life is more colorful now compared to life under the communists, where everything was gray and uniform.
  • It seems there was hardly a bold-faced name he failed to impress during his colorful life.
  • Summer salads should be three things: colorful, chilled and full of many flavors that can all be savored in one mouthful.
  • Autumn is in full swing which means the colorful trees are dotting landscapes across the country.
  • As always, the field will be filled with horses with colorful names.
  • The corals teem with colorful tropical fish, such as surgeonfish, sergeant majors and the coral-munching parrotfish.
  • The brand's iconic trench gets an update with a colorful exotic pattern.
  • We also lost a colorful character with a flair for drama.
Word Origin and History for colorful

1889, in figurative sense of "interesting," from color (n.) + -ful. Related: Colorfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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