American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or suggestive of flowers: a flowery perfume.
- adj. Abounding in or covered with flowers.
- adj. Full of ornate or grandiloquent expressions; highly embellished: a flowery speech.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of flowers; consisting of or abounding with blossoms: as, a flowery field.
- Adorned with figures or imitations of flowers: as, a flowery pattern.
- Richly embellished with figurative language; overwrought in figurative expression; florid: as, a flowery style.
- Synonyms See florid.
- adj. not comparable Pertaining to flowers.
- adj. Decorated with flowers.
- adj. Of a speech or piece of writing: too complicated; elaborate; with grandiloquent expressions; bombastic; verbose.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Full of flowers; abounding with blossoms.
- adj. Highly embellished with figurative language; florid.
- adj. of or relating to or suggestive of flowers
- adj. marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details
“Mr. Page laughed at what he called flowery effusions.”
“It doesn't matter if he dressed up the culture of dependency concept in flowery talk, the concept itself has negative and stigmatising meanings that blames the individuals for their disadvantages in society.”
“Sometimes, indeed, I dreamt that I wandered in flowery meadows and pleasant vales with the friends of my youth; but awoke, and found myself in a dungeon.”
“When he writes requests for funding projects, he puts in flowery statements about the poor thrusting their feet against the stones of Makala.”
“The concepts of qi/chi and Eastern concepts of energy are difficult to grasp, especially when described in flowery languages that are unfamiliar.”
“Sometimes, indeed, I dreamt that I wandered in flowery meadows and pleasant vales with the friends of my youth; but I awoke, and found myself in a dungeon.”
“I don't want to couch that in flowery, sugary terms, I want it to come out with an edge and the appropriate amount of anger.”
“You can couch this event in flowery language all you wish, the subject remains as basic as death itself.”
“All the following little wood blocks were used in several toy books, sometimes with Bewick's name on the titles, and done from 1787 to 1814, in Dutch flowery and gingerbread gilt paper binding, just like Newbery series.”
“It's formal, abounds in flowery expressions, and may not be hastened.”
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