colourful

colourful
[[t]kʌ̱lə(r)fʊl[/t]]
(in AM, use colorful)
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is colourful has bright colours or a lot of different colours.

The flowers were colourful and the scenery magnificent...

People wore colorful clothes and seemed to be having a good time.

Derived words:
colourfully ADV-GRADED

...the sight of dozens of colourfully dressed people.

2) ADJ-GRADED A colourful story is full of exciting details.

The story she told was certainly colourful, and extended over her life in England, Germany and Spain.

...the country's colourful and often violent history.

3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A colourful character is a person who behaves in an interesting and amusing way.

Casey Stengel was probably the most colorful character in baseball.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone has had a colourful past or a colourful career, they have been involved in exciting but often slightly shocking things.

More details surfaced of her colourful past as the story developed.

...a well-known City business man with a rather colourful background.

5) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n (politeness) Colourful language is rude or offensive language.

Bryant is alleged to have used colourful language.

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