Is multi-colorful a word? Or is the correct word multi-colored?

  • multi-colored is good. Can't imagine using multi-colorful. – Zebrafish Mar 27 '18 at 15:35

According to Collins Dictionary, the prefix multi- is defined as:

combining form

  1. many or much

  2. more than one

Whereas colorful is defined as:


  1. full of color or of vivid colors

  2. full of interest or variety; vivid

Additionally, it is worthwhile to note that multicolored is defined as:


having many colors

Thus, based on the above definitions, the "word" multicolorful does not appear like a proper word. However, multicolored is.

Hope this is helpful!

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    'Does not seem like a word' is not a good answer on ELU; does it appear in major dictionaries? Arguing from logic is based on the assumption that English always behaves in predictable ways. Which essentially requires that people always behave in predictable ways. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 27 '18 at 18:41
  • @EdwinAshworth, while that is noted (and Bayesian ;), could you bring an example to your claim? – Shakespeare Mar 27 '18 at 18:47
  • I make 3 claims here. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 27 '18 at 22:46

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