Colourful vs Lairy - What's the difference?

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Colourful is a related term of lairy.

As adjectives the difference between colourful and lairy

is that colourful is while lairy is (uk) touchy, aggressive or confrontational, usually while drunk or lairy can be (australia) vulgar and flashy.




  • * 1895 , The Annual of the British School at Athens
  • It was a colourful vase with red and white hoops on the lid, and red bands above and below the main frieze. These bands also carry a metope pattern in white of triple lines and blobs, which can just be distinguished on the photographs.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=June 9 , author=Owen Phillips , title=Euro 2012: Netherlands 0-1 Denmark , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=And Netherlands, backed by a typically noisy and colourful travelling support, started the second period in blistering fashion and could have had four goals within 10 minutes}}
  • * 1895 , H. Walter Staner and Henry Sturmey, The Autocar
  • One of the most colourful' people in motor racing, he writes in a '''colourful manner .
  • * 2002 ,
  • Hussain celebrated reaching his ton with a gesture towards the media centre, pointing to the number three on the back of his shirt and offering some colourful language.



    Etymology 1


  • (UK) Touchy, aggressive or confrontational, usually while drunk.
  • Don't get lairy with me!
  • * 2001 . "rush to order". Simon Stuart, Glasgow Sunday Herald , 14 October.
  • *:"There's always been a weird duality at the heart of New Order: the fact that three druggy, lairy Mancs and the drummer's girlfriend can craft music of such awesome emotive power as to make grown neds weep."
  • * 2002 . “ ‘We wouldn?t dream of making you feel fat’”. Glasgow Herald , 27 July.
  • *:"Unskinny was a self-published riot of large lasses getting lairy in northern towns, and did a reasonable trade via friends and comic shops."
  • * 2002 . " Live With Chris Moyles". Gareth McLean, The Guardian , September 24.
  • *:"The show is lairy , loud and laddish; it does exactly what it says on the tin."
  • * 2005 . , Alexander Masters.
  • *:"I started to get a bit lairy , agitated on drink."
  • * 2005 . "Women do make the worst drunks. Maybe it's the sick'n'sequin mix...". , The Independent on Sunday , 20 November.
  • *:"Obviously, I'm not beginning to suggest women commit as much violent crime as men when plastered. But I do now concede that being aggressive, ignorant, lairy and foul-mouthed suits the ladies even less than it suits the fellas."
  • Etymology 2

    Thought to be from . Australian National Dictionary Centre » Australian words » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » L


  • (Australia) Vulgar and flashy.
  • * 1983 , National Book Council (Australia), Australian Book Review , Issues 48-57, page 29,
  • He was lairy alright, resplendent in a purple blazer and pink trousers.
  • * 2008 , Helen Garner, True Stories , page 255,
  • They had no wedding party, only an Australian couple in their sixties, the woman in a great deal of pancake and blusher and a lairy fur jacket.
  • * 2009 , Sally Neighbour, The Mother of Mohammed: An Australian Woman?s Extraordinary Journey Into Jihad , page 176,
  • Sungkar told Rabiah he thought of her as he rode to freedom on his motor scooter through the green wrought-iron gates, disguised in a pair of blue jeans and a lairy short-sleeved batik shirt: ‘Rabiah reckoned the safari suit was bad—if only she could see me now’.
  • (Australia) Socially unacceptable.
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