\ ˈshō-ē How to pronounce showy (audio) \
showier; showiest

Definition of showy

1 : making an attractive show : striking a showy orchid
2 : given to or marked by a flashy often tasteless display

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Other Words from showy

showily \ ˈshō-​ə-​lē How to pronounce showily (audio) \ adverb
showiness \ ˈshō-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce showiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for showy

showy, pretentious, ostentatious mean given to excessive outward display. showy implies an imposing or striking appearance but usually suggests cheapness or poor taste. the performers' showy costumes pretentious implies an appearance of importance not justified by the thing's value or the person's standing. a pretentious parade of hard words ostentatious stresses vainglorious display or parade. the ostentatious summer homes of the rich

Examples of showy in a Sentence

Perhaps you should wear something a little less showy. orchid plants are known for their huge showy flowers

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There’s Nio, a money-losing but technologically showy company that is producing gadget-laden electric SUVs. Fortune, "Electric Car Gold Rush: The Auto Industry Charges Into China," 20 Aug. 2019 Less showy, but solid, are the Woodford Reserve Manhattan and a refreshing cucumber gimlet. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Ocean Prime’s seafood is primo, but pricy," 24 July 2019 Ross recommends the following plants for San Diego gardens: Agastache (hummingbird mint, hyssop): These are showy, fragrant, long-blooming perennials that are highly attractive to hummingbirds as well as bees. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019 Brighter, timelier prospects for free trade might lie in the hands of two husky, showy New York natives with bold blond hair and tame blue suits: U.S. president Donald J. Trump and U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "As U.S.–China Talks Meander, U.S.–U.K. Pact Could Revive Free Trade," 16 Aug. 2019 There’s a rap battle-of-the-sexes that neatly satirizes the reality that women in Broadway shows don’t get the lively showy routines that male performers do. Christopher Arnott,, "Energetic ‘Spamilton’ takes hilarious pot shots at ‘Hamilton’ at Playhouse on Park," 16 Aug. 2019 Similar to first dates, tech platforms woo us with vibrant design and privacy pop-ups that fan into a showy display, like a Mandarin drake looking for a mate, only to later neglect us. Pamela Pavliscak, Quartz, "Forget AI ethics—treat technology like a new relationship instead," 2 Aug. 2019 Wander Istanbul’s sunken palace Yerebatan Sarayi, or Sunken Palace, is the accurate local descriptor given to this showy underground reservoir embellished under the rule of Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian in A.D. 532. Meghan Miner Murray, National Geographic, "9 of Europe’s underground marvels," 2 Aug. 2019 And if the next president is to have any chance of guiding the country through the existential challenges ahead, our foreign policy debate needs to move beyond showy hypotheticals and relitigating an earlier decade. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Let’s Get Into a Fight About Foreign Policy," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of showy

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of showy

: having an appearance that attracts attention


\ ˈshō-ē How to pronounce showy (audio) \
showier; showiest

Kids Definition of showy

1 : attracting attention : striking showy flower blossoms
2 : given to or being too much outward display : gaudy showy jewelry

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