One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless.‘silver bows and gaudy ribbons’
garish, lurid, loud, over-bright, glaring, harsh, violent, flashy, showy, glittering, brassy, ostentatiousView synonyms
- ‘There were a few people, however, who had on very gaudy, expensive clothing of bright colors.’
- ‘The gem's usual glow and hum was dead, and it looked to be nothing more than a piece of old, tasteless, gaudy jewelry.’
- ‘It was a strip of gaudy landscaping in front of a strip mall in glaring bright daylight.’
- ‘Perhaps through such long experience, the hotel somehow manages to both reek of exclusivity and wealth while dodging gaudy ostentation.’
- ‘He'll flirt with gaudy science-fiction spectacles and then, at the last moment, back away.’
- ‘At night it is gaudy with Japanese lanterns and Mexican music.’
- ‘Some clowns prefer to wear bright and gaudy makeup, while others have a fondness for ludicrous masks.’
- ‘Her dress was often very gaudy, with bright colors, and a sense of fashion that followed too closely behind fads.’
- ‘Who knew dated music, predictable gags, audience participation, gaudy costumes and blinding colours could be this much fun?’
- ‘Its more modern decor can be classified as quite gaudy.’
- ‘It wouldn't surprise me to find that he's wearing mismatched, gaudy socks.’
- ‘Their song is not overly musical but has a comforting, undemonstrative British garden nature, not gaudy or showy in any way.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘My family members give me gifts of tacky, gaudy trinkets that I have no use for.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And that's what it's all about, remember: putting the brakes on gaudy consumerism.’
- ‘Up to eighteen inches long, these gaudy fish have large plumes and fleshy flaps on their head that mimic colourful reef growth.’
- ‘A wife is showing the husband this bathing suit, and he makes a comment about it being gaudy and not liking it.’
- ‘He wore his guilt like a piece of gaudy jewelry, bright and flashy and probably fake.’
- ‘Is this an authentic moment of historic liberation for Europe, or just another imperial imperative dressed up in the gaudy rags of consumerism?’
Late 15th century: probably from gaud + -y.
A celebratory reunion dinner or entertainment held by a college.
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘rejoicing, a celebration’): from Latin gaudium ‘joy’, or from gaude ‘rejoice!’, imperative of gaudere.
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