Definition of ostentatious in English:



  • Characterized by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.

    ‘a simple design that is glamorous without being ostentatious’
    • ‘Buying an island seems the pinnacle of ostentatious extravagance.’
    • ‘Bernard rides around the town in an ostentatious sports car and behaves like a cowardly bully.’
    • ‘But there are few cases of ostentatious opulence amid the poverty.’
    • ‘The book was needlessly massive and it came in a choice of eight ostentatious satin covers.’
    • ‘There's no easy remedy, especially when ostentatious teen role models portray money as no object.’
    • ‘It's gaudy, it's ostentatious, and it's exactly what one would expect from a rock star that thinks he's God.’
    • ‘Hat designer Tracy Rose, 42, renowned for her ostentatious hats on Ladies' Day, was also attired in a weather theme.’
    • ‘His way of life may seem a bit ostentatious, but his energy and enthusiasm is infectious, and there is nothing snobbish or affected about him.’
    • ‘Instead, they show us a suite that would, perhaps, have been a little too ostentatious for a spiritual leader.’
    • ‘She wears an ostentatious diamond ring and a pearl the size of a marble.’
    • ‘She doesn't own a fleet of ostentatious cars or a portfolio of grand homes.’
    • ‘For those who spend down their wealth on a lavish and ostentatious lifestyle, there is no tax.’
    • ‘He was always smartly dressed but not in an ostentatious way.’
    • ‘While we do not insist on you taking to the streets on a bicycle, we do encourage a less ostentatious lifestyle.’
    • ‘London at the time was a curious mixture of ostentatious wealth hiding harrowing poverty.’
    • ‘Civilised behaviour is the key to appearing middle class, so don't binge drink, never swear and don't do anything ostentatious.’
    • ‘Hey you - people in love, do you have to be so ostentatious about it?’
    • ‘The family are keen attenders at St Agnes Catholic Church, and Papa's piety is effortful and ostentatious.’
    • ‘He was a generous but not ostentatious philanthropist; his private and family life was wholly conventional.’
    • ‘They contribute generously to village and family enterprises and avoid ostentatious displays of affluence.’
    showy, pretentious, conspicuous, obtrusive, flamboyant, gaudy, garish, tinsel, tinselly, brash, vulgar, loud, extravagant, fancy, ornate, affected, theatrical, actorly, overdone, over-elaborate, kitsch, tasteless
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