gar·​ish | \ ˈger-ish How to pronounce garish (audio) \

Definition of garish

1 : clothed in vivid colors a garish clown
2a : excessively or disturbingly vivid garish colors garish imagery
b : offensively or distressingly bright : glaring
3 : tastelessly showy : flashy garish neon signs

Other Words from garish

garishly adverb
garishness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of garish in a Sentence

the wedding guest's thick makeup was garish and unnecessary
Recent Examples on the Web But such floppy approximations are trivial alongside Dominik’s more garish and demonstrative tricks. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2022 That is, of course, until the folks at Vanquish Yachts chose to turn their attention to the often garish machine. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Aug. 2022 The logos weren’t garish, and there was even a brown option with understated gray trim. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 18 Aug. 2022 Even more surprisingly, Psy did it with what amounted to a Korean inside joke: his big hit lampoons the garish and culturally incongruous pretensions of Seoul’s nouveau riche, a class in evidence nowhere more so than Gangnam. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 When the film franchise began, the directors Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher introduced the dark and garish Gotham. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Businesses discover ever more garish ways to seize the attention of passersby. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2022 Rather than being a garish hodgepodge of logos and zippers, the Cary is as clean and classic in appearance as my leather briefcase—just built from materials that can withstand a storm. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 6 July 2022 Look closer and the perfection of this car is just as shocking as the garish Aston. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 3 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of garish

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garish

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2 Oct 2022

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“Garish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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gar·​ish | \ ˈger-ish How to pronounce garish (audio) \

Kids Definition of garish

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

Other Words from garish

garishly adverb

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