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1. Full of color; abounding in colors: colorful leaves in the fall.
2. Characterized by rich variety; vividly distinctive: colorful language.

col′or·ful·ly adv.
col′or·ful·ness n.


(ˈkʌl ər fəl)

1. abounding in color.
2. having vivid, striking, or spirited elements.
col′or•ful•ly, adv.
col′or•ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.colorful - having striking color; "colorful autumn leaves"
chromatic - being or having or characterized by hue
colorless, colourless - weak in color; not colorful
2.colorful - striking in variety and interest; "a colorful period of history"; "a colorful character"; "colorful language"
colorless, colourless - lacking in variety and interest; "a colorless and unimaginative person"; "a colorless description of the parade"
3.colorful - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"


1. Full of color:
2. Evoking strong mental images through distinctiveness:
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