gaudy

adjective
gau·​dy | \ ˈgȯ-dē How to pronounce gaudy (audio) , ˈgä- \
gaudier; gaudiest

Definition of gaudy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : ostentatiously or tastelessly ornamented gaudy costumes
2 : marked by extravagance or sometimes tasteless showiness : outlandish gaudy lies gaudy claims also : exceptional a gaudy batting average

gaudy

noun
plural gaudies

Definition of gaudy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a feast or entertainment especially in the form of an annual college dinner at a British university

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Other Words from gaudy

Adjective

gaudily \ ˈgȯ-​də-​lē How to pronounce gaudy (audio) , ˈgä-​ \ adverb
gaudiness \ ˈgȯ-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce gaudy (audio) , ˈgä-​ \ noun

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Adjective

gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious mean vulgarly or cheaply showy. gaudy implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation. circus performers in gaudy costumes tawdry applies to what is at once gaudy and cheap and sleazy. tawdry saloons garish describes what is distressingly or offensively bright. garish neon signs flashy implies an effect of brilliance quickly and easily seen to be shallow or vulgar. a flashy nightclub act meretricious stresses falsity and may describe a tawdry show that beckons with a false allure or promise. a meretricious wasteland of casinos and bars

Examples of gaudy in a Sentence

Adjective The showgirls wore gaudy costumes. They bought the house for a gaudy sum.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The movement towards delightfully-gaudy jewels is celebrity-approved, too, thanks to Justin Bieber. Christian Allair, Vogue, 10 Aug. 2021 Chalk up applying ink to body parts, storming the gates of American tennis and sidelining Isner under the withering Open spotlight as gaudy gauges of Naskashima’s ascendent game. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 Hakanpää is not going to put up gaudy offensive numbers. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 Today, the Grand Scarborough is a gaudy shadow of its founders’ blueprint, its foyer festooned in pleather furnishings and garish carpet. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Though not one for gaudy stat lines, Iguodala consistently ranked among the league leaders in plus-minus. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Aug. 2021 The numbers have remained gaudy in Las Vegas, 23 points and 11 rebounds against the Memphis Grizzlies, 16 points and 11 rebounds against the Utah Jazz, and then, Saturday, 21 points and seven rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 15 Aug. 2021 The gaudy figure gives Rihanna the bragging rights as the wealthiest female musician in the world and puts her just behind Oprah Winfrey as the richest female entertainer on the planet. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 4 Aug. 2021 It’s not a sure thing that Westbrook’s style of play is conducive to winning basketball, even with his gaudy numbers. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Based on the warmth and excitement displayed by the audience Friday, the MSO might have trouble getting people to leave this gaudy, comfy joint. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2021 At neighborhood beauty salons, the usual gaudy images of women with elaborate coiffures and heavy makeup were removed or painted over. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2021 The gaudy stats have been tougher to pile up this year, as McCormick’s 452 yards and five scores have come on 25.8 carries per game and 4.4 yards per rush. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Sep. 2021 At neighborhood beauty salons, the usual gaudy images of women with elaborate coiffures and heavy makeup were removed or painted over. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2021 At neighborhood beauty salons, the usual gaudy images of women with elaborate coiffures and heavy makeup were removed or painted over. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2021 At neighborhood beauty salons, the usual gaudy images of women with elaborate coiffures and heavy makeup were removed or painted over. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2021 At neighborhood beauty salons, the usual gaudy images of women with elaborate coiffures and heavy makeup were removed or painted over. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 17 Aug. 2021 At neighborhood beauty salons, the usual gaudy images of women with elaborate coiffures and heavy makeup were removed or painted over. Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of gaudy

Adjective

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaudy

Adjective

gaud + -y entry 1

Noun

probably from Latin gaudium joy — more at joy

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13 Oct 2021

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“Gaudy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaudy. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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gaudy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of gaudy

: too bright and heavily decorated
: very large or impressive

gaudy

adjective
\ ˈgȯ-dē How to pronounce gaudy (audio) \
gaudier; gaudiest

Kids Definition of gaudy

: too bright and showy gaudy jewelry

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