\ 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

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 SummerFest newcomer Johannes Moser played the cello with aplomb, and Yang effortlessly navigated her elaborately showy piano part. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 If a friend had bought a showy car, a Mercedes or a Cadillac, judgment would have been merciless and swift. Mark Oppenheimer, WSJ, 23 July 2022 The whole incident might end up as little more than a showy, performative in-kind contribution from the Florida Legislature to DeSantis' incipient 2024 presidential campaign. Joel Mathis, The Week, 25 Apr. 2022 Double Face Wool & Cashmere Coat ($399.990, after sale $649) has an elegant, yet showy collar. cleveland, 20 July 2022 This was an obtuse and unpoetic diktat, a showy way to miss the fact that a song’s history—its use over time, by real people, inspired by the exigencies of ritual and action—can inform its meaning more than its mere lyrics ever could. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 The teen sci-fi/horror musical trilogy wraps in a showy style. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 If only the new stadium had been scaled appropriately and built for college track, something easily expandable, more utilitarian and less showy. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 8 July 2022 Looking for a showy flower that’s easy to grow from seed and attracts hummingbirds? Terri Robertson, Country Living, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of showy

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Showy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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