\ 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 showy (audio) \ adverb
showiness \ ˈshō-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce showy (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The common form bears fragrant, showy clusters of tubular, white or yellow flowers from late winter into spring. Steve Bender, Southern Living, "Spring Delights You Need to Try," 31 Mar. 2021 But owner Dhivya Jegenathan recently found another use for the kitchen's showy tandoor ovens. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our restaurant critic ate in the Twin Cities this week," 26 Mar. 2021 Big, showy camellias are popping right now in shades of white, pink and deep rose. Los Angeles Times, "How to help keep monarchs from going extinct," 25 Feb. 2021 The actress explained that keeping them in her home simply feels too awkward and showy. Natalie Morin,, "Rosamund Pike Buries Her Awards In Her Garden, Which Is Very Fine & Normal," 12 Mar. 2021 The flowers are not only showy, but fragrant as well. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Cornwall Mystery Plants," 8 Mar. 2021 The red Chevy did a victory lap around the track with a showy doughnut spin at the end, as fans cheered and honked on the frozen bay. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "On Lake Superior bay, ice racing puts a frozen twist on NASCAR," 27 Feb. 2021 The new iteration emerged as a three-story spa castle complete with showy Japanese Baroque flourishes on the exterior and Mediterranean touches like marble, statues of deities and tile-work mosaics inside. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, "Why This Japanese Hot Spring Lures Time Travelers and Anime Fans," 19 Feb. 2021 Even a campus police car celebrated the imaginary achievement with some showy graphics. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Gus Malzahn, UCF could be a perfect marriage," 15 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of showy

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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6 Apr 2021

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“Showy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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