- brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
- cheaply showy in a tasteless way; flashy.
- ostentatiously ornamented; garish.
Origin of gaudy1
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Examples from the Web for gaudily
"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
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.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 2
Hubert Howe Bancroft
They often were painted, the inferior ones being the most gaudily colored.The Historical Child
- gay, bright, or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; garish
- British a celebratory festival or feast held at some schools and colleges
Word Origin and History for gaudily
"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).