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’
    • ‘Jimmy Carter was not a flashy or showy President, but history judges him as one of America's greatest.’
    • ‘A variety popular because of its distinctive salmon pink colour is Marcus Graham, which features large, showy double flowers.’
    • ‘In my experience, treats from the sushi bar at Sakura tend to be nice, fresh, and reliable, if not particularly showy or ethereal.’
    • ‘Their showy flower clusters appear with the onset of warm weather and generally bloom all summer long.’
    • ‘H. sanguinea ‘Splish-Splash’ is one with showy foliage and bright, showy rose flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The design was simple and effective, neither being too flashy nor showy, proving the point that sometimes less is more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems an excessively showy, very nearly butler-ish display of reticence on everyone's part.’
    • ‘The Spanish press comments that she rarely wears jewels, preferring showy costume earrings, necklaces and trinkets.’
    • ‘The showy part of the flower is not the corolla but the modified calyx.’
    • ‘It's yellow-green really because the plants are flowering now, but they're not showy flowers.’
    • ‘I started using perennials and color bowls to add a vibrant rainbow of showy flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They irked her, distastefully bright and far too showy.’
    ostentatious, conspicuous, pretentious, obtrusive, flamboyant, gaudy, garish, brash, vulgar, loud, extravagant, fancy, ornate, affected, theatrical, overdone, over-elaborate, kitsch, tasteless
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