- 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 gaudiness
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Then there were splendid liveries, and all manner of gaudiness, not without some taste.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil
In thy apparel avoid singularity, profuseness, and gaudiness.Book of Wise Sayings
W. A. Clouston
Gaudiness, after all, defeats its own purpose, for it expresses a certain vulgarity.Book of Etiquette, Volume 2
Lillian Eichler Watson
He achieves effects in gaudiness which even time Italian officer cannot equal.Europe Revised
Irvin S. Cobb
There was not a sign of gaudiness about her; not a ring, a necklace, or a bracelet.Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete
- 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 gaudiness
"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).