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garish

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adjective gar·ish \ˈger-ish\

Simple Definition of garish

  • : too bright or colorful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of garish

  1. 1 :  clothed in vivid colors

  2. 2 a :  excessively or disturbingly vivid <garish colors> <garish imagery> b :  offensively or distressingly bright :  glaring

  3. 3 :  tastelessly showy :  flashy

garishly

adverb

garishness

noun

Examples of garish in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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>.

GARISH Defined for Kids

garish

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adjective gar·ish \ˈger-ish\

Definition of garish for Students

  1. :  too bright or showy :  gaudy <She was dressed in garish colors.>

garishly

adverb




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