- brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
- cheaply showy in a tasteless way; flashy.
- ostentatiously ornamented; garish.
Origin of gaudy1
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- a festival or celebration, especially an annual college feast.
Origin of gaudy2
Examples from the Web for gaudy
Very few boys in Baltimore had been to bed that night: The show was altogether too gaudy.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
There is a purity that extends from north Orlando to this gathering of gaudy dilettantes.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
In this narrative, the disgraced former President with his gaudy taste for golden toilets and exotic zoos, is cast as the Joker.Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan?
February 26, 2014
U2 dropped a new single amidst the gaudy commercials on Super Bowl Sunday.U2 Drops ‘Invisible’ to Remind You the Band Exists
February 9, 2014
She was a novelty item, presented in gaudy wrapping paper by a desperate John McCain to a jaded mainstream media.Arrivederci, Sarah!
October 6, 2011
Thankful held the gaudy ring at arm's length and stared at it helplessly.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
She was dressed in a gaudy old calico gown, and had earrings in her ears.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Piracy in the past has acquired the gaudy technicolor of high romance.This One Problem
M. C. Pease
A thousand soldiers, in their most gaudy attire, composed his train.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
All are thick and rich, none are glazed, and none are gaudy.The Soul of a People
- 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 gaudy
"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).