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gaudy

adjective gau·dy \ ˈgȯ-dē , ˈgä- \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of gaudy

gaudier; gaudiest
1 : ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented
  • gaudy costumes
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.

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Origin and Etymology of gaudy

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

Definition of gaudy

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

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Origin and Etymology of gaudy

probably from Latin gaudium joy — more at joy


GAUDY Defined for English Language Learners

gaudy

adjective

Definition of gaudy for English Language Learners

  • : too bright and heavily decorated

  • : very large or impressive


GAUDY Defined for Kids

gaudy

adjective \ ˈgȯ-dē \

Definition of gaudy for Students

gaudier; gaudiest
: too bright and showy
  • gaudy jewelry


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