Main definitions of gaudy in English

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gaudy1

adjective

  • Extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless.

    ‘silver bows and gaudy ribbons’
    • ‘Perhaps through such long experience, the hotel somehow manages to both reek of exclusivity and wealth while dodging gaudy ostentation.’
    • ‘There were days when one was wearing heavy, gaudy clothing, which was invariably a pain to be endured considering the gathering one would be amongst.’
    • ‘He'll flirt with gaudy science-fiction spectacles and then, at the last moment, back away.’
    • ‘Is this an authentic moment of historic liberation for Europe, or just another imperial imperative dressed up in the gaudy rags of consumerism?’
    • ‘A wife is showing the husband this bathing suit, and he makes a comment about it being gaudy and not liking it.’
    • ‘Its more modern decor can be classified as quite gaudy.’
    • ‘He wore his guilt like a piece of gaudy jewelry, bright and flashy and probably fake.’
    • ‘My family members give me gifts of tacky, gaudy trinkets that I have no use for.’
    • ‘Her dress was often very gaudy, with bright colors, and a sense of fashion that followed too closely behind fads.’
    • ‘It wouldn't surprise me to find that he's wearing mismatched, gaudy socks.’
    • ‘It was a strip of gaudy landscaping in front of a strip mall in glaring bright daylight.’
    • ‘The gem's usual glow and hum was dead, and it looked to be nothing more than a piece of old, tasteless, gaudy jewelry.’
    • ‘Who knew dated music, predictable gags, audience participation, gaudy costumes and blinding colours could be this much fun?’
    • ‘Their song is not overly musical but has a comforting, undemonstrative British garden nature, not gaudy or showy in any way.’
    • ‘Up to eighteen inches long, these gaudy fish have large plumes and fleshy flaps on their head that mimic colourful reef growth.’
    • ‘There were a few people, however, who had on very gaudy, expensive clothing of bright colors.’
    • ‘And that's what it's all about, remember: putting the brakes on gaudy consumerism.’
    • ‘Some clowns prefer to wear bright and gaudy makeup, while others have a fondness for ludicrous masks.’
    • ‘But they don't moan, because it's not that big a deal; they simply don their gaudy rags and their dancing shoes and get on with it.’
    • ‘At night it is gaudy with Japanese lanterns and Mexican music.’
    garish, lurid, loud, over-bright, glaring, harsh, violent, flashy, showy, glittering, brassy, ostentatious
    tasteless, in bad taste, vulgar, distasteful, unattractive, nauseating, bilious, sickly
    flash, tacky
    bling-bling
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Origin

Late 15th century: probably from gaud + -y.

Pronunciation:

gaudy

/ˈɡôdē/

Main definitions of gaudy in English

: gaudy1gaudy2

gaudy2

noun

British
  • A celebratory reunion dinner or entertainment held by a college.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense rejoicing, a celebration): from Latin gaudium joy or from gaude rejoice! imperative of gaudere.

Pronunciation:

gaudy

/ˈɡôdē/