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

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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 Still, Shoot for the Stars manages to find some levity, and not just courtesy of the garish Virgil Abloh cover design that fans pilloried before its release. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Unfinished Business of a Young Rap Star," 7 July 2020 The stands were filled with garish, glowing blotches of color, sometimes different for each section, sometimes a great sea of red. Bruce Jenkins,, "Fake crowd noise and imagery amplify sports’ desperation during coronavirus," 19 June 2020 Wise’s rod is loaded with a garish threesome: a San Juan Worm up top, a big Red Fox nymph tied to the worm’s hook shank, and a heavy Golden Stonefly nymph as a dropper fly. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Ozark Mountain Fishing Adventure," 9 June 2020 LEDs, meanwhile, had improving (but still inferior) black levels that looked garish and unbelievable in the dark. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We Might Have Just Found the Next Great Lighting Material," 5 May 2020 The Joker is usually presented as Batman’s archenemy, a garish and gleeful purveyor of nihilistic violence who lives to provoke his do-gooder rival. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Untangling the Controversy Over the New Joker Movie," 3 Oct. 2019 The calipers get the same treatment, with an aluminum finish instead of garish red or yellow. Car and Driver, "How We'd Spec It: 2020 Ferrari Roma," 25 Apr. 2020 There’s humorous gal-pal business about applying make-up, wearing garish wigs and buying dresses, as well as hardball negotiating with promoters and managers. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "Review: Loretta Lynn remembers her friendship with Patsy Cline in heartfelt new memoir," 7 Apr. 2020 That garish Tampa Bay uniform suggests some guy working behind a pizza counter. Bruce Jenkins,, "NFL QB shuffle: Tom Brady serving up TDs, or pizzas? Mariota a starter in Vegas?," 3 Apr. 2020

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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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“Garish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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