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He seemed at ease, listening as Marcia chattered on, her hands gesturing flamboyantly.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  showy; or excessively ornamented — especially brilliantly colorful
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Much more rarely, "flamboyant" references a tropical tree or shrub native to Madagascar that is widely planted in tropical regions for its scarlet and orange flowers.
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  • He seemed at ease, listening as Marcia chattered on, her hands gesturing flamboyantly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "Stenton found this one first," she said about the octopus, which was now rising from the floor, slowly, flamboyantly.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • When they shouted, "Do it again, Uncle Travis!" he jumped to his feet with equal flamboyance.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • At breakfast we could watch the flamboyant tree and lavender-cotton catch fire.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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  • I imagined the kind of people who went to concerts might be quite arty and flamboyant.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • When Marie-Laure got pregnant, they separated peaceably, with no flamboyance.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • And I watched him walk up the red street, tall and sad and slow below the leafless flamboyants, past the rough market shacks of his town.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • I was somewhat dismayed to discover a smear of Leslie’s lipstick, stale but still flamboyantly vermilion, on the inner edge of the lapel, but I had managed with a lot of spit and a certain readjustment to make the stain practically invisible, or enough so that my father would probably not notice.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And thanks to the flamboyant method of escape I had chosen, attention was bound to be focused on Eldridge Manor in short order.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • …flitted from setting to setting: the gold band! no, the blue! wait …. which was the first one? is the octagonal too much? and the consultant chimed in with her helpful exegesis: urban geometrics …. romantic florals …. timeless elegance …. flamboyant flash …. and even though I’d kept saying sure, that one’s fine, that one too, I’d be happy with either, your decision Kits, the consultant kept showing us more and more settings, clearly hoping to wheedle some firmer show of preference…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • But the big kids, the ones that were on teams, they were wearing much more flamboyant clothing.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • He was flamboyant.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • There was Dostum, the flamboyant Uzbek commander, leader of the Junbish-i-Milli faction, who had a reputation for shifting allegiances.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I had expected someone flamboyant, someone older trying desperately to look young, someone who viewed me as a piece of meat to be prepared for a platter.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Dempton approached with a smile beneath his flamboyant red mustache.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • One of their more flamboyant escapades has become a proud family legend.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • There’s a large tiled area in the center of the room that serves as everything from a dance floor, to a stage for the performers who come and go, to another spot to mingle with the flamboyantly dressed guests.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • As was normal, the handwriting on each ballot was disguised by block printing or flamboyant script.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Hammond was flamboyant, a born showman, and back in 1983 he had had an elephant that he carried around with him in a little cage.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Who’s that flamboyant rock ’n’ roll chap from the ’70s—Elton John?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • The false black mustache was a flamboyant organ-grinder’s, and he wore them both to the basketball game one day when he felt he could endure his loneliness no longer.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He lacked Jan Stenbeck’s flamboyance and did not spread himself all over the tabloids like Percy Barnevik.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Despite the visionary’s genius, he was a flamboyant homosexual and worshipper of Nature’s divine order, both of which placed him in a perpetual state of sin against God.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • My stocking seams were straight, my black shoes cracked, but polished, and my red wool suit flamboyant as my plans.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • ’YOU SEE?’ roared Fudge, gesturing flamboyantly in Harry’s direction.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 9 THE EVIDENCE OF MR. HARDMAN The last of the first-class passengers to be interviewed, Mr. Hardman, was the big flamboyant American who had shared a table with the Italian and the valet.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The situation remained fairly stable until the flamboyant arrival of Lonna Leep, who’d spotted her son on the TV news.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • He could no more resist pricking the conceits, the hypocrisies and the flamboyant patriotism of those about him than a small boy can resist putting a pin into a balloon.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • By and by, I recognized the Sherpa as Fischer’s flamboyant sirdar, Lo sang Jangbu, and the climber in yellow as Sandy Pittman.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The Old Duke had turned his back on the horns, cape thrown flamboyantly over one arm, while cheers rained down from the stands.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He was her soul mate, her true other half, though they weren’t as flamboyant about their relationship as Rosalie and Emmett were.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Good to know Isabelle’s flamboyant affection hadn’t suffered under the current circumstances.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • The flamboyants, I remember, were in full bloom.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Having reached their side of the street, he strode off along the pavement, drawing many curious glances due to the flamboyantly cut suit of plum velvet that he was wearing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He was withered, drawn; she flamboyant, careless.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • James is a literary realist, hardly the most flamboyantly symbolic of writers, but when he can kill off a character in a highly lifelike way while employing an apt metaphor for her demise, he doesn’t hesitate.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Both in art and in real life, we meet pompous and flamboyant forms of self-expression, while at the same time there arose a monastic movement, turning away from the world.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • The colour of flamboyant flowers.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • The cloisters had the new-fashioned flamboyant arches, in whose graceful frames the hawks stood out with noble indifference— a jerfalcon, a goshawk, a falcon and her tiercel, and four little merlins who had been kept all winter, yet had survived.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Aziz flamboyant, was patronizing Mrs. Moore.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • That flamboyant ego, for which he was both loved and despised, never deserted him.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The women, in the flamboyantly colored shalwar kamiz and shawls common among the Wakhi, performed the dast ba greeting, laying their palms tenderly on Mortenson’s cheek and kissing the back of their own hands as local custom dictated.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • EZEKIEL AND URIAH LOCKWOOD, BROTHERS, R.I.P. He likes these names, likes their oddness, their flamboyance.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • The place was vintage Woolf, decorated floor to ceiling in flamboyant cowboy memorabilia.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • A troupe of musicians in flamboyant costumes passed by, on their way to an opera performance.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The flamboyant way he had of making love to her was curious to me—his leg advanced between her legs and his fingers spread on her face.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The entrance was too modern to be flamboyant with pillars; it was quiet, shrewd, neat.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I’m going to stop being excitable and flamboyant.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • A Methodist tray: not flamboyant, but quietly affirmative of its own worth.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
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