\ ˈshō-ē \
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 \ adverb
showiness \ˈshō-ē-nəs \ 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

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In a similar vein, former nominee Williams was also given a number of showy scenes as the murderous Arya Stark., "The 2018 Emmys Love The Lannisters More Than The Starks," 12 July 2018 Tonto also has showy maroon leaves in the fall and exfoliate bark. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "There’s a lot to love about crape myrtles," 6 July 2018 In the bottle: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is complicated yet approachable, fascinating but not showy. Josh Noel,, "Beer of the Month: A classic hefeweizen straight out of Germany," 7 June 2018 Yes, the showy new skyline restaurant, Perch, is expected to open this week in the Frost tower. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "An Airstream trailer parks in Burleson — and serves good food | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 May 2018 Some find his expressive gestures showy or mannered. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Why Lang Lang’s Return Is a Big Deal for Classical Music," 4 July 2018 Here’s where to get your Fourth on around the region, from the big, showy booms to smaller community celebrations. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Your Fourth of July guide | Wednesday Morning Brief, July 4," 4 July 2018 The styling is subtle but attractive, nothing too showy or garish, though the gap between the bed and the cap was huge. Robert Duffer,, "2019 Ram 1500 is the pickup truck for winning arguments," 2 July 2018 Solos, a dream romance and ensembles all bounced up endearingly out of the music; the ebullience made the dancers look not showy, but exuberantly and unpredictably diverse. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Ballet Today, the Good and the Bad, on Display at the Joyce," 29 June 2018

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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 \
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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