Idiom: flowery speech

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Flowery speech (or writing) is full of elaborate language (complicated or literary words and expressions).

It is the opposite of speech (or writing) that uses clear and simple language.


Examples of use:

1. He was famous for his flamboyant clothes and flowery speech.

2. Don’t use flowery speech for reports and official letters.

3. The politician gave a very flowery speech but nobody was impressed.

4. I like your room mate, but some of his speech is a bit flowery – sometimes I have no idea what he’s talking about!

Angela Boothroyd

Angela Boothroyd

Freelance writer, English language teacher, at Botanical Linguist
Hi, I'm Angela, the creator of the Botanical Linguist site. I'm a freelance writer, linguist, and qualified English language teacher. I specialize in writing online course content, and blog posts and articles about business, education, and the English language. I’m also a writing coach for non-native users of English who want to blog better in English.
Angela Boothroyd
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