gaudy

Something that's gaudy is showy, bright and definitely tacky. So think twice about that gaudy rainbow-colored suit and shiny gold shoes ensemble.

Gaudy is an adjective that means "ostentatious" — in other words, flashy and in your face, and not in a good way. Someone in a gaudy outfit is probably trying too hard to be cool and stylish. Gaudy evolved from the Middle English gaud “deception, trick” in the 1520’s. That word, in turn, came from gaudi, used to describe a “large, ornamental bead in a rosary.”

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: gaudy

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adj
tastelessly showy
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n
(Britain) a celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held a college
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: gaudy
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adj tastelessly showy

“a gaudy costume”
Synonyms:
brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
tasteless
lacking aesthetic or social taste

adj (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display

Synonyms:
flashy, jazzy, showy, sporty
colorful, colourful
striking in variety and interest
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n (Britain) a celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held a college

Type of:
banquet, feast
a ceremonial dinner party for many people
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