colorful etymology

English word colorful comes from English color, English -ful

Detailed word origin of colorful

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
color English (eng) Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray. (countable) A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class.. (figuratively) Interest, especially in a selective area.. (heraldry) Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal.. (in the plural) A standard or banner.. (in the plural) An [...]
-ful English (eng) Used to form adjectives from nouns. Full of, tending to, or thoroughly possessing the quality expressed by the noun.. Used to form nouns from nouns meaning “as much as can be held by what is denoted by the noun”. Used to form nouns indicating a great deal of the quantity expressed by the noun.
colorful English (eng) (euphemistic) Profane, obscene, offensive (usually in the phrase colourful language).. Interesting, multifaceted, energetic, distinctive.. Possessing prominent and varied colors.

Words with the same origin as colorful

Descendants of -ful
delightful disgraceful doubtful graceful grateful hateful helpful hopeful hurtful joyful meaningful merciful painful peaceful resourceful respectful rightful stressful successful suspenseful thankful truthful useful youthful