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

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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

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The leak comes from the ever-reliable Footy Headlines, meaning City fans may well be faced with the prospect of seeing star players Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling don the garish yellow and pink gradient design., "Manchester City 2019/20 Third Kit: Leaked Images of Atrocious Pink & Yellow Strip Appear Online," 4 July 2019 Black Shark 2 is built for gaming, and while that doesn’t have to necessitate garish looks, this phone is full of divisive hardware details. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better," 15 June 2019 One is a personal diary, in which Mr. Parfenov, dressed in a garish shirt, opens a bottle of wine and holds forth on topics ranging from travel to art to the Soviet-like cult of the Russian military. New York Times, "Looking for Free Speech in Russia? Try YouTube," 9 June 2019 Sharpe made fun of teammates for their garish outfits. Troy E. Renck, The Denver Post, "Shannon Sharpe found an owner who has his back in Pat Bowlen," 14 June 2019 The movement, personified by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is trying to chart a path away from a new Gilded Age of garish inequality and rising economic anxiety. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, "The Many, Tangled American Definitions of Socialism," 14 June 2019 Its garish yellow and blue livery–much like its loud-mouthed chief executive, Michael O’Leary–is an assault on the senses. M.r., The Economist, "Ryanair is starting to hide its brand," 14 June 2019 Even the Batman saga, which Tim Burton had kicked off with such promise, sputtered into garish weirdness. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution," 7 June 2019 His schtick was garish prose, tonal dissonance, and outlandish subjects: psychosis, suicide, lesbian murderers, anarchist revolution in eighteenth-century China. Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books, "Adam Thirlwell," 25 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of garish

: too bright or colorful


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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