Definition of ostentatious in English:



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

    ‘a simple design that is glamorous without being ostentatious’
    • ‘He was always smartly dressed but not in an ostentatious way.’
    • ‘London at the time was a curious mixture of ostentatious wealth hiding harrowing poverty.’
    • ‘Hey you - people in love, do you have to be so ostentatious about it?’
    • ‘She wears an ostentatious diamond ring and a pearl the size of a marble.’
    • ‘They contribute generously to village and family enterprises and avoid ostentatious displays of affluence.’
    • ‘She doesn't own a fleet of ostentatious cars or a portfolio of grand homes.’
    • ‘While we do not insist on you taking to the streets on a bicycle, we do encourage a less ostentatious lifestyle.’
    • ‘He was a generous but not ostentatious philanthropist; his private and family life was wholly conventional.’
    • ‘Civilised behaviour is the key to appearing middle class, so don't binge drink, never swear and don't do anything ostentatious.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hat designer Tracy Rose, 42, renowned for her ostentatious hats on Ladies' Day, was also attired in a weather theme.’
    • ‘For those who spend down their wealth on a lavish and ostentatious lifestyle, there is no tax.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The family are keen attenders at St Agnes Catholic Church, and Papa's piety is effortful and ostentatious.’
    • ‘Bernard rides around the town in an ostentatious sports car and behaves like a cowardly bully.’
    • ‘Instead, they show us a suite that would, perhaps, have been a little too ostentatious for a spiritual leader.’
    • ‘Buying an island seems the pinnacle of ostentatious extravagance.’
    • ‘But there are few cases of ostentatious opulence amid the poverty.’
    • ‘It's gaudy, it's ostentatious, and it's exactly what one would expect from a rock star that thinks he's God.’
    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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