garish

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adjective gar·ish \ˈger-ish\

Definition of garish

  1. 1 :  clothed in vivid colors a garish clown

  2. 2a :  excessively or disturbingly vivid garish colors garish imageryb :  offensively or distressingly bright :  glaring

  3. 3 :  tastelessly showy :  flashy garish neon signs

garishly

adverb

garishness

noun

Examples of garish in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of garish

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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 English Language Learners

garish

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adjective

Definition of garish for English Language Learners

  • : too bright or colorful


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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