showy

adjective \ ˈshō-ē \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of showy

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

showily

play \ˈshō-ə-lē\ adverb

showiness

play \ˈshō-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of showy in a Sentence

  1. Perhaps you should wear something a little less showy.

  2. orchid plants are known for their huge showy flowers

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First Known Use of showy

1697

Synonym Discussion of 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

SHOWY Defined for English Language Learners

showy

adjective

Definition of showy for English Language Learners

  • : having an appearance that attracts attention


SHOWY Defined for Kids

showy

adjective \ ˈshō-ē \

Definition of showy for Students

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


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