- 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 garishly
It looks like a stereotypical convenience store, shelves crowded with garishly packaged junk food.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken
Jane & Michael Stern
May 26, 2014
He was bareheaded, and very beautifully, though not garishly clad.In the Valley
There appeared an elderly man, in a black frockcoat, loose-fitting and not too garishly new, a student's coat rather than a fop's.Bunker Bean
Harry Leon Wilson
The young miner followed his companion's gaze through the garishly lit crowd.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
The world at large had a way of calling them painted women; but this day their faces were not painted nor were they garishly clad.Old Judge Priest
Irvin S. Cobb
We crossed the garishly bright road and went in silence through quiet streets.
- gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
Word Origin and History for garishly
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.