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[flou-uh-ree] /ˈflaʊ ə ri/
adjective, flowerier, floweriest.
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
1300-50; Middle English; see flower, -y1
Related forms
flowerily, adverb
floweriness, noun
unflowery, adjective
3. florid, showy, elaborate. See bombastic. Unabridged
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  • Out there everything is as flowery and fragrant as if nothing had happened.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • By what I can pick out of your flowery description, your brother is no beau.

    The Contrast Royall Tyler
  • Attention should be given to the pattern that abounds everywhere in nature; flowery banks and hedgerows are rich in suggestion.

  • There was stillness in the flowery region just above the Colonel's head.

  • A flowery way, he was sure, with real grass in it like the Resident's garden.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • It was the letter that had been addressed to Floyd on the barge "flowery Land."

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • On that flowery couch they lay,420 Invested with a golden cloud that shed Bright dew-drops all around.

  • I bethought me of the flowery glade—the scene of my adventure with the crotalus.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for flowery


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

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

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