adjective gar·ish \ˈger-ish\

: too bright or colorful

Full Definition of GARISH

:  clothed in vivid colors
a :  excessively or disturbingly vivid <garish colors> <garish imagery>
b :  offensively or distressingly bright :  glaring
:  tastelessly showy :  flashy
gar·ish·ly adverb
gar·ish·ness noun

Examples of GARISH

  1. <the wedding guest's thick makeup was garish and unnecessary>

Origin of GARISH

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1545

Synonym Discussion of GARISH

gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious mean vulgarly or cheaply showy. gaudy implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation <circus performers in gaudy costumes>. tawdry applies to what is at once gaudy and cheap and sleazy <tawdry saloons>. garish describes what is distressingly or offensively bright <garish neon signs>. flashy implies an effect of brilliance quickly and easily seen to be shallow or vulgar <a flashy nightclub act>. meretricious stresses falsity and may describe a tawdry show that beckons with a false allure or promise <a meretricious wasteland of casinos and bars>.

Rhymes with GARISH

GARISH Defined for Kids


adjective gar·ish \ˈger-ish\

Definition of GARISH for Kids

:  too bright or showy :  gaudy <She was dressed in garish colors.>
gar·ish·ly adverb


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