- making an imposing display: showy flowers.
- pompous; ostentatious; gaudy.
Origin of showy
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Examples from the Web for showy
But that category is full of showy performances, and George is not the showboating role in that play.A Tony Voter on Bryan Cranston’s Overrated LBJ, Neil Patrick Harris’s Underwhelming Hedwig
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The showy accoutrements of state power have replaced the vestments of resistance.Kosovo's Frightening Example To Syria
August 25, 2012
The category gives actors the chance to do showy, attention-grabbing work, stepping into ready-made characters.Good Actors, Bad Movies, and the Oscars
November 29, 2011
One pollster said a showy pregnancy could just “annoy people.”The Strauss-Kahn Conspiracy Firestorm
May 19, 2011
And yet, many of her sentences struck me as showy, or straining toward cleverness.Fiction Wrestles With Global Terrorism
February 22, 2010
Pretty, odd and showy, but by no means as superb a flower as some of the others.The Mayflower, January, 1905
It was a cheap lot, cheap and showy, and it fetched jolly little.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was flamboyant and showy; cheap, and tawdrily pretentious.St. Martin's Summer
Flowers irregular, showy, in large panicles; blooming in June.
Often cultivated for the showy clusters of berries in autumn.
- gaudy, flashy, or ostentatious
- making a brilliant or imposing display
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Word Origin and History for showy
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