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gaudy

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adjective gau·dy \ˈgȯ-dē, ˈgä-\

Simple Definition of gaudy

  • : too bright and heavily decorated

  • : very large or impressive

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gaudy

gaudier

gaudiest

  1. 1 :  ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented

  2. 2 :  marked by extravagance or sometimes tasteless showiness :  outlandish <gaudy lies> <gaudy claims>; also :  exceptional <a gaudy batting average>

gaudily

play \ˈgȯ-də-lē, ˈgä-\ adverb

gaudiness

play \ˈgȯ-dē-nəs, ˈgä-\ noun

Examples of gaudy in a sentence

  1. The showgirls wore gaudy costumes.

  2. They bought the house for a gaudy sum.



1582

First Known Use of gaudy

1582

Synonym Discussion of gaudy

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>.

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gaudy

noun gau·dy

Definition of gaudy

plural

gaudies

  1. :  a feast or entertainment especially in the form of an annual college dinner at a British university



Origin and Etymology of gaudy

probably from Latin gaudium joy — more at joy


First Known Use: 1651


GAUDY Defined for Kids

gaudy

play
adjective gau·dy \ˈgȯ-dē\

Definition of gaudy for Students

gaudier

gaudiest

  1. :  too bright and showy <gaudy jewelry>





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