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

Definition of gaudy

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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 Back onshore, the news was welcomed as a sign that, just possibly, the human race has not yet left its gaudy thumbprint everywhere. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "Beaked Whales Are the Animals We Need Right Now," 30 Mar. 2021 Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim, and Mýa, all ready to take you on a rollercoaster ride of gaudy burlesque style. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Christina Aguilera on the Sound and Style of the “Lady Marmalade” Video, 20 Years Later," 29 Mar. 2021 Eventually, the girls make their way back to Rose’s mansion, a gaudy exemplar of a Painted Lady Victorian. Washington Post, "‘Vera’ bears witness to the lives ruined by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake," 8 Mar. 2021 The house, which was furnished with the type of gaudy eyesores that only people who can afford to have terrible taste can acquire, was originally listed for $88 million. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Storied and Sordid: The History of Jeffrey Epstein’s Just-Sold Mansion," 6 Mar. 2021 And even with his gaudy numbers, there is an argument that Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets is having a better season. New York Times, "The 7 N.B.A. All-Stars Who Would Be King (or Just M.V.P.)," 26 Feb. 2021 Underneath Doncic’s gaudy career-high 46 points and Porzingis’ 36 against the Pelicans, there’s more evidence of increasing consistency and rhythm. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Luka Doncic, Mavs’ offense are finally sizzling as litmus test vs. Portland looms," 13 Feb. 2021 There are no fancy maps or gaudy graphics, just basic information about where to get a shot. Globe Staff,, "This Massachusetts software developer is building a better website to find vaccination slots than the state," 5 Feb. 2021 But that domination made for all-too-easy conclusion of G2′s greatness, without a closer questioning of why the team was rolling up such a gaudy record. Washington Post, "G2 were the kings of ‘Valorant’ in Europe. What happened?," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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,, "What will happen at the trade deadline? And can they make the playoffs? 5 questions for the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd half.," 10 Mar. 2021 These are the weak contact guys who often lack the gaudy K totals. Tony Blengino, Forbes, "White Sox’ Lance Lynn, Phillies’ Zack Wheeler Throw MLB’s Best Sinkers," 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, "Warriors' happiness runs into a wall called LeBron," 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, "The Oscars Are a Mess. Let’s Make Them Messier.," 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, "Zorro at 100: Why the original swashbuckler is still the quintessential American action hero," 1 Jan. 2021 With its gaudy displays, rampant excess, celebratory spirit and high price tag, Christmas is a thoroughly American holiday. Steve Chapman,, "Column: How America shaped Christmas, and how Christmas shapes us," 23 Dec. 2020 Since taking over for Carson Wentz in Week 13, the rookie has excelled for Philadelphia -- particularly in fantasy with his gaudy rushing totals to go along with solid passing numbers. Tony Holm, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football sizzlers, fizzlers: Jalen Hurts provides timely late-season boost," 21 Dec. 2020 Buy it to explore a gaudy, retro-futuristic theme park. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 is equal parts beautiful and messy," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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“Gaudy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 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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