Things that are colorful are brightly colored or have many different colors. A brilliant red cardinal is a colorful bird, while a brown sparrow isn't quite as colorful.

Some nutrition experts recommend eating a colorful diet, including vegetables and fruits of varied colors for optimum health. A colorful bouquet of flowers would be equally varied, perhaps with white daisies, pink roses, blue violets, and yellow carnations. Brilliantly colored things are colorful too, like a tree with orange leaves in the fall. Figuratively, colorful language is rude or coarse, and a colorful group of friends is interesting and varied.

Definitions of colorful

adj having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination

colored, coloured
crimson, flushed, red, red-faced, reddened
(especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion
(used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color
bichrome, bicolor, bicolored, bicolour, bicoloured, dichromatic
having two colors
black, blackened
(of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood
having blue flowers
brightly-colored, brightly-coloured
having a bright color
buff-colored, buff-coloured
having a buff color
chestnut-colored, chestnut-coloured
having the brown color of chestnuts
chocolate-colored, chocolate-coloured
having the color of dark chocolate
cinnamon colored, cinnamon coloured, cinnamon-colored, cinnamon-coloured
having the color of cinnamon
red tinged with cinnamon
cream-colored, creamy-colored, creamy-white
having the color of fresh cream
dark-colored, dark-coloured, dusky-colored, dusky-coloured
having a dark color
dun-colored, dun-coloured
having a dun color
fawn-colored, fawn-coloured
having the color of a fawn
flame-colored, flame-coloured
having the brilliant orange-red color of flames
flesh-colored, flesh-coloured
having a bright red or pinkish color
garnet-colored, garnet-coloured
having the color of garnet
ginger, gingery
(used especially of hair or fur) having a bright orange-brown color
gold-colored, gold-coloured
having the color of gold
honey-colored, honey-coloured
having the color of honey
having a color between blue and violet
lead-colored, lead-coloured
having the color of lead
liver, liver-colored
having a reddish-brown color
metal-colored, metal-coloured, metallic-colored, metallic-coloured
having a metallic color
monochromatic, monochrome, monochromic, monochromous
having or appearing to have only one color
calico, motley, multi-color, multi-colored, multi-colour, multi-coloured, multicolor, multicolored, multicolour, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured
having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
neutral-colored, neutral-coloured
having a color that does not attract attention
olive-colored, olive-coloured
having the color of green olives
orange-colored, orange-coloured, orange-hued
having the color of ripe oranges
having orange flowers
pale-colored, pale-hued
having a pale color
having pale delicate colors
having the color of a ripe peach
polychromatic, polychrome, polychromic
having or exhibiting many colors
having purple flowers
having red flowers
(used of especially horses) having a brownish coat thickly sprinkled with white or grey
rose-colored, rosy-colored
having a rose color
having the brown color of rust
having the color of polished silver
straw-colored, straw-coloured
having the color of dry straw
tawny-colored, tawny-coloured
having a tawny color
trichromatic, trichrome, tricolor
having or involving three colors
violet-colored, violet-coloured, violet-flowered
having a violet color
light violet and dark purple
uncolored, uncoloured
without color
achromatic, neutral
having no hue
having little or inadequate color
achromic, achromous
having no color
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adj having striking color

colorful autumn leaves”
being or having or characterized by hue
resembling flame in brilliance or color
bright, brilliant, vivid
having striking color
changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shot
varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
deep, rich
strong; intense
brilliantly colored and apparently giving off light
exhibiting spectral colors formed by refraction of light through a prism
having the vivid colors and bizarre patterns associated with psychedelic states
of colors that are bright and gaudy
of colors that are bright and striking
colorless, colourless
weak in color; not colorful
achromatic, neutral
having no hue
ashen, blanched, bloodless, livid, white
anemic looking from illness or emotion
bleached, faded, washed-out, washy
having lost freshness or brilliance of color
drab, sober, somber, sombre
lacking brightness or color; dull
dulled, greyed
deprived of color
blanched, etiolate, etiolated
(especially of plants) developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light
ghastly pale
pale, pallid, wan
abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
pastelike, pasty
resembling paste in color; pallid
(of fabric or clothing) having been given a faded (weathered) appearance by artificial means
waxen, waxlike, waxy
having the paleness of wax
white, whitened
(of hair) having lost its color
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adj striking in variety and interest

“a colorful period of history”
“a colorful character”
colorful language”
brave, braw, gay
brightly colored and showy
flashy, gaudy, jazzy, showy, sporty
(used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
full of variety or interest
attracting attention by showiness or bright colors
strikingly expressive
colorless, colourless
lacking in variety and interest
lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics
pale, pallid
lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness
lacking in liveliness or animation
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