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
  1. adjective
    intended to attract notice and impress others
    “an ostentatious sable coat”
    synonyms: pretentious
    inclined to flaunt
    flamboyant, showy, splashy
    marked by ostentation but often tasteless
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    unostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious
    not ostentatious
    quiet, restrained
    not showy or obtrusive
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  2. adjective
    (of a display) tawdry or vulgar
    synonyms: pretentious
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
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