florid

When people are red-cheeked with good health they are florid. Spending most of the year in the college library can give you a colorless, weary face, but after a mountain vacation, you'll be florid with the reddish color that comes from exercise and living well.

Florid is an adjective that entered English in the 17th century, via the French floride, from the Latin flōridus, "blooming." You can probably guess how Florida and flourish are related! Something overly decorated, such as a really ornate living room, is florid in the flowery sense, while people with rosy cheeks and a look of healthiness are florid because they are flourishing with a fullness of life. Your florid complexion matched your florid red drapes as you came in from the cold and plunked down on the couch near the window.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: florid

1
adj
elaborately or excessively ornamented
2
adj
inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: florid
1

adj elaborately or excessively ornamented

“the senator's florid speech”
Synonyms:
aureate, flamboyant
fancy
not plain; decorative or ornamented
2

adj inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

Synonyms:
rubicund, ruddy, sanguine
healthy
having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease
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