Definition of garish in English:

garish

adjective

  • Obtrusively bright and showy; lurid.

    ‘garish shirts in all sorts of colours’
    • ‘The combination of garish cartoon colours and brash graphic quality is totally euphoric.’
    • ‘Some teenagers in garish tight polyester dresses saunter past, deep in conversation.’
    • ‘The whole restaurant was painted in bright colors but not neon bright and not too garish.’
    • ‘All of the garish constructions below him have been built for the nouveau riche with relatives working abroad.’
    • ‘The Quakers started like a team with championship ambition, as purposeful and bright as their garish yellow shirts.’
    • ‘The men wore their hair longer and both genders wore bright, almost garish colors.’
    • ‘But if I do, I promise not to make it put the pages in some microscopic font with garish colours.’
    • ‘Soft, fluid fabrics will flatter your curves, but avoid frills and garish prints, as these will drown you.’
    • ‘In this increasingly garish context, there can be no denying the reassuring twinkle of a traditional fairy light.’
    • ‘For those who are not acquainted with Christmas crackers, they're little packages in garish paper.’
    • ‘Only the garish turquoise silk tie and the glint in his pale blue eyes detract from this picture of geriatric gentlemanliness.’
    • ‘There was once a brashness about Norman, signified by those garish shirts and the trademark wide-brimmed hat.’
    • ‘Maybe he received a garish jumper, a lurid tie or an outsized pair of slippers in his seasonal gifts.’
    • ‘She is famous for her garish sculptural pieces that are made from the cheap and mass-produced.’
    • ‘While it has some appealing features, I found it garish with curvy lines and bright colors.’
    • ‘My straight blonde hair was positively garish in a room full of dyed-red perms.’
    • ‘The old people were wearing garish colours, which I could never have imagined they would dare to put on.’
    • ‘Half of the room was solid black, while the other half was a bright, garish pink color.’
    • ‘Orange whistles are garish and weapons can easily be turned against you.’
    • ‘The paper on which the books were printed was flimsy and cheap, and the books sold chiefly on the strength of their garish covers.’
    gaudy, lurid, loud, over-bright, harsh, glaring, violent, flashy, showy, glittering, brassy, brash
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Origin

Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

garish

/ˈɡɛːrɪʃ/