- crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.
- excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings.
- dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.
- excessively bright; glaring.
Origin of garish
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Examples from the Web for garish
The entire structure has been newly painted in a variety of garish colors.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
It was like Halloween for a decade, and the colors were garish, and the style was just phenomenal for us to look back on.‘American Hustle’ Cast On Hairdos, the Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Adams Kiss, and More
December 9, 2013
Named after the British actress Jane Birkin, the handbag has no garish logos.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
April 8, 2013
The value of these terms lies in their baroqueness, in the way they pile up upon each other like garish baubles.Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future
March 26, 2013
The extensive wood carvings inside and outside will be painted in garish colors, like this family room shown in a finished home.What's Better: Cell Phones or Indoor Toilets?
January 3, 2013
And it flourishes by gaslight; by day it is garish and forlorn.The Albert Gate Mystery
A section of the roof turned a garish yellow as Kennon circled the building.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
The voices of the children and the birds are hushed this garish noon.Ginger-Snaps
"It seems to be shrinking from the garish light of day," suggested Happie.Six Girls and Bob
Marion Ames Taggart
Rich as he was, he owned no home except a garish mansion in New York.The Message
- gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
Word Origin and History for garish
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.