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gaudy

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adjective gau·dy \ˈgȯ-dē, ˈgä-\

Definition of gaudy

gaudier

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gaudiest

  1. 1 :  ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented gaudy costumes

  2. 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

gaud + 1-y

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 gau·dy

Definition of gaudy

plural

gaudies

  1. :  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

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adjective

Definition of gaudy for English Language Learners

  • : too bright and heavily decorated

  • : very large or impressive


GAUDY Defined for Kids

gaudy

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adjective gau·dy \ˈgȯ-dē\

Definition of gaudy for Students

gaudier

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gaudiest

  1. :  too bright and showy gaudy jewelry



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