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gaudy1

[gaw-dee]
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adjective, gaud·i·er, gaud·i·est.
  1. brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
  2. cheaply showy in a tasteless way; flashy.
  3. ostentatiously ornamented; garish.

Origin of gaudy1

1520–30; orig. attributive use of gaudy2; later taken as a derivative of gaud
Related formsgaud·i·ly, adverbgaud·i·ness, nounun·gaud·i·ly, adverbun·gaud·i·ness, noun

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2. tawdry, loud; conspicuous, obvious. Gaudy, flashy, garish, showy agree in the idea of conspicuousness and, often, bad taste. That which is gaudy challenges the eye, as by brilliant colors or evident cost, and is not in good taste: a gaudy hat. Flashy suggests insistent and vulgar display, in rather a sporty manner: a flashy necktie. Garish suggests a glaring brightness, or crude vividness of color, and too much ornamentation: garish decorations. Showy applies to that which is strikingly conspicuous, but not necessarily offensive to good taste: a garden of showy flowers; a showy dress.

Antonyms

2. modest, sober.
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Examples from the Web for gaudily

Historical Examples

  • "Excuse-a me," repeated the stranger, who was gaudily dressed in many colors.

    Frank Merriwell Down South

    Burt L. Standish

  • They were made entirely of birch bark, and gaudily painted on the bow and stern.

    Hudson Bay

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • I did not mind how gaudily I dressed the part of Weeding Woman now.

    Last Words

    Juliana Horatia Ewing

  • They frequently trimmed it with hare-skins and painted it gaudily.

  • They often were painted, the inferior ones being the most gaudily colored.

    The Historical Child

    Oscar Chrisman


British Dictionary definitions for gaudily

gaudy1

adjective gaudier or gaudiest
  1. gay, bright, or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; garish
Derived Formsgaudily, adverbgaudiness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from gaud

gaudy2

noun plural gaudies
  1. British a celebratory festival or feast held at some schools and colleges

Word Origin

C16: from Latin gaudium joy, from gaudēre to rejoice
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Word Origin and History for gaudily

adv.

1610s, from gaudy + -ly (2).

gaudy

adj.

"showy, tastelessly rich," 1580s, probably ultimately from Middle English gaudi "large, ornamental bead in a rosary" (early 14c.); but there is a parallel sense of gaudy as "full of trickery" (1520s), from Middle English gaud "deception, trick," from gaudi "a jest, trick," possibly from Anglo-French gaudir "be merry, scoff," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy).

Alternative etymology of the adjective is from Middle English gaudegrene "yellowish-green" (early 14c.), originally "green dye" obtained from a plant formerly known as weld, from a Germanic source (see weld (n.)), which became gaude in Old French. The English term supposedly shifted sense from "weld-dye" to "bright." As a noun, "feast, festival" 1650s, from gaudy day "day of rejoicing" (1560s).

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