gau·​dy | \ ˈgȯ-dē How to pronounce gaudy (audio) , ˈgä- \
gaudier; gaudiest

Definition of gaudy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


plural gaudies

Definition of gaudy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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gaudily \ ˈgȯ-​də-​lē How to pronounce gaudy (audio) , ˈgä-​ \ adverb
gaudiness \ ˈgȯ-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce gaudy (audio) , ˈgä-​ \ 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 gaudy in a Sentence

Adjective The showgirls wore gaudy costumes. They bought the house for a gaudy sum.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Draper campus, in which University of Utah players have been showing up and putting up some gaudy numbers lately. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2021 Hagler was substantive but wasn't gaudy enough at a time when showmen like Reagan reigned. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 The tour starts off like one of any celebrity home with a massive art installation, a gaudy piano, and a quarry’s worth of precious stone. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 22 June 2021 Over the years, the landfill hosted a go-cart racing track known for a gaudy sign featuring a screaming gorilla. Steven Litt, cleveland, 22 June 2021 Players were selected regardless of class or position with the elite competitors combining for some gaudy numbers both hitting and pitching. Dennis Victory, al, 14 June 2021 Corporate pages don’t typically garner high engagement rates, or gaudy numbers of followers, but that’s only because of the way most users interact with LinkedIn. Adrian Dayton, Forbes, 8 June 2021 For the uninitiated, Eurovision is a gaudy annual spectacle of glitter, razzmatazz and frilly national dress that was initially invented to foster peace after World War II. Rob Picheta, CNN, 21 May 2021 Perhaps that's why no team has some sort of super-gaudy record at the break. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And Carlson hosts it from a gaudy facsimile of a log cabin. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 July 2021 Any bigger and her gold watch might feel a little gaudy – or at a minimum, less versatile (Bella loves to stack). Brynn Wallner, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2021 Worn with a pair of shorts or rolled up pants, these sandals command attention but never come off as gaudy. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 1 June 2021 Drummond, 27, puts up gaudy counting stats — 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game — but with poor efficiency, converting less than half (47.4%) of his 15.2 field-goal attempts per game, virtually all of which are at or near the rim. Jamal Collier,, 10 Mar. 2021 These are the weak contact guys who often lack the gaudy K totals. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 The Warriors went into the game leading the league in assists, at 28.1 per game, on a level with their gaudy assist numbers during their five-year dynasty run, but the Lakers were a close second, with 27.2 per game. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2021 Get smaller and bigger at the same time, by giving space and attention to the odd, the experimental and the handmade as well as the gaudy and the grand. New York Times, 27 Jan. 2021 While Wonder Woman has lately been commanding media attention with her gaudy, sentimental take on the power of positive thinking, Zorro commits to social action without losing his nimble sense of humor. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of gaudy


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaudy


gaud + -y entry 1


probably from Latin gaudium joy — more at joy

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21 Jul 2021

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“Gaudy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gaudy

: too bright and heavily decorated
informal : very large or impressive


\ ˈgȯ-dē How to pronounce gaudy (audio) \
gaudier; gaudiest

Kids Definition of gaudy

: too bright and showy gaudy jewelry

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