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

Other Words from gaudy


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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Many a stalwart Texan backed away after one look at the Tuscan red woodwork, lumbering swaths of green granite countertops, and mother lode of gaudy golds that once defined the interiors of this Dallas home. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 Truth and justice are divisive abstractions, too easily deconstructed or dressed up in gaudy ideological colors. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 From her gaudy scoring performances to pinning shots against the backboard, Parker recalled her blocking multiple shots on the same possession against Columbia City in sectionals. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2022 In fact, the Jayhawks produced this gaudy average despite facing the nation’s toughest schedule in terms of average adjusted defensive efficiency. Xl Media, cleveland, 27 Mar. 2022 Moïse’s has an unusually gaudy, even trashy, nude above his bed. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 Today, the aesthetic trappings of St. Patrick’s Day have devolved into a confused, gaudy cacophony of face paint, glittery top hats and public debauchery. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 That 2002 film is Lyne's masterwork, embedding all his gaudy stimulations in rueful yearning. Darren Franich,, 16 Mar. 2022 Russell recalls both Cornelius Vanderbilt, who amassed the family fortune, and his heirs, who were resented for their gaudy houses and carriages. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Season 1 took place on Deborah’s home turf — largely in her gaudy mansion, in fact, which Ava snidely compared to the Cheesecake Factory. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Doncic has been putting up preposterous numbers, even by his gaudy standards. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Those gaudy figures came largely in the form of stock options, which means the take-home pay could shrink if the market takes a nosedive, but both men are still among the most richly remunerated in this or any industry. Brent Lang, Variety, 30 Apr. 2022 Sure, some may find all the LEDs gaudy, and others will get bored with them after a few days. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 4 Mar. 2022 So the place has both a gaudy past and an unusual present. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Feb. 2022 Brown also wore his gaudy Super Bowl ring and held it up when he was shown on the video scoreboard. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2022 This case, to me, did feel like a gamble, even by Las Vegas’ gaudy standards. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 But the message ultimately rings hollow coming from a show as gaudy and sensationalized as this. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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10 May 2022

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

Kids Definition of gaudy

: too bright and showy gaudy jewelry

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