ostentatious

Reach for the adjective ostentatious when you want a flashy way to say — well, "flashy" or "showy."

No one wants to be described as ostentatious, a word whose cousins include pretentious, flamboyant, and gaudy. It originates from the Latin word ostentare, "to display," but in English it's often used for displays of the crass or vulgar sort. A rapper's diamond-encrusted teeth might be an ostentatious display of "bling," and someone wailing especially loudly at a funeral of a distant acquaintance might be making an ostentatious show of sorrow.

DEFINITIONS OF: ostentatious

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adj intended to attract notice and impress others

“an ostentatious sable coat”
Synonyms:
pretentious
flaunty
inclined to flaunt
flamboyant, showy, splashy
marked by ostentation but often tasteless
Antonyms:
unostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious
not ostentatious
quiet, restrained
not showy or obtrusive
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adj (of a display) tawdry or vulgar

Synonyms:
pretentious
tasteless
lacking aesthetic or social taste
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