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garish

[gair-ish, gar-] /ˈgɛər ɪʃ, ˈgær-/
adjective
1.
crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.
2.
excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings.
3.
dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.
4.
excessively bright; glaring.
Origin of garish
1535-1545
1535-45; earlier gaurish, perhaps equivalent to obsolete gaure to stare (Middle English gauren < Old Norse) + -ish1
Related forms
garishly, adverb
garishness, noun
Synonyms
1. loud, tawdry. See gaudy1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for garish

garish

/ˈɡɛərɪʃ/
adjective
1.
gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
Derived Forms
garishly, adverb
garishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from earlier gaure to stare + -ish
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Word Origin and History for garish
adj.

1540s, possibly from obsolete Middle English gawren "to stare" (c.1200), which is of uncertain origin (perhaps from Old Norse gaurr "rough fellow") + -ish. Related: Garishness.

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