Definition of showy in US English:



  • Having a striking appearance or style, typically by being excessively bright, colorful, or ostentatious.

    ‘showy flowers’
    ‘she wore a great deal of showy costume jewelry’
    • ‘The showy part of the flower is not the corolla but the modified calyx.’
    • ‘In my experience, treats from the sushi bar at Sakura tend to be nice, fresh, and reliable, if not particularly showy or ethereal.’
    • ‘They irked her, distastefully bright and far too showy.’
    • ‘It seems an excessively showy, very nearly butler-ish display of reticence on everyone's part.’
    • ‘The males are bright and showy while the hens are conservatively dressed.’
    • ‘Walking along a river's bend your eye is drawn to a rather large tree with showy white flowers.’
    • ‘Jimmy Carter was not a flashy or showy President, but history judges him as one of America's greatest.’
    • ‘There are countless examples of singer Eddie's bright, showy wit, and mini-tunes galore on an album which clocks in at a pleasing forty minutes or so.’
    • ‘Extravagantly showy and ostentatious work is pretentious when the merit it demands is unjustified.’
    • ‘I started using perennials and color bowls to add a vibrant rainbow of showy flowers.’
    • ‘Bloomington is one of the archetypal college towns in the United States, from the gorgeous campus to the showy liberal politics.’
    • ‘The judges are looking for snaps and big cutbacks, all the showy point-scoring maneuvers of professional surfing today.’
    • ‘Their weakness, if any, is that they fall easy prey to brand names and they would willingly go to any lengths just to be showy, extravagant and ostentatious.’
    • ‘Their showy flower clusters appear with the onset of warm weather and generally bloom all summer long.’
    • ‘The design was simple and effective, neither being too flashy nor showy, proving the point that sometimes less is more.’
    • ‘H. sanguinea ‘Splish-Splash’ is one with showy foliage and bright, showy rose flowers.’
    • ‘It's yellow-green really because the plants are flowering now, but they're not showy flowers.’
    • ‘So it's usually a success if you can see that it's sort of not a showy restaurant, and you feel like someone wants to sit across the table and enjoy dinner with you.’
    • ‘A variety popular because of its distinctive salmon pink colour is Marcus Graham, which features large, showy double flowers.’
    • ‘The Spanish press comments that she rarely wears jewels, preferring showy costume earrings, necklaces and trinkets.’
    ostentatious, conspicuous, pretentious, obtrusive, flamboyant, gaudy, garish, brash, vulgar, loud, extravagant, fancy, ornate, affected, theatrical, overdone, over-elaborate, kitsch, tasteless
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