crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.
excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings.
dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.
excessively bright; glaring.
- gar·ish·ly, adverb
- gar·ish·ness, noun
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How to use garish in a sentence
On social media, the foundation became famous for exposing the garish wealth of these elites.
I was one of them—I believe I referred to the film as “garish junk” in my review.I Panned Romeo + Juliet in 1996. Now I Think It's One of the Best Shakespeare Adaptations | Stephanie Zacharek | October 28, 2021 | Time
The last American man to win a round of the World Cup—the sport’s annual premier racing series—was David “Tinker” Juarez, and he did so in 1994, when riders wore ping pong ball-like foam helmets and garish neon racing attire.America’s 27-Year Losing Streak in Men’s Mountain-Bike Racing Just Ended | jversteegh | September 21, 2021 | Outside Online
They stripped us of this prison’s wardrobe, that horrible garish yellow uniform, and we dressed in the clothes we brought.
Yet it was hard to know exactly what all these people were doing there, other than taking their place in a kind of Brownian-movement minuet under the cheerfully garish lights.The Reopening of Springsteen on Broadway Brought Broadway Out of Hibernation—and One Packed Theater Into a Brighter Future | Stephanie Zacharek | June 28, 2021 | Time
The entire structure has been newly painted in a variety of garish colors.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens | Jeff Campagna | June 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was like Halloween for a decade, and the colors were garish, and the style was just phenomenal for us to look back on.‘American Hustle’ Cast On Hairdos, the Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Adams Kiss, and More | Marlow Stern | December 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Named after the British actress Jane Birkin, the handbag has no garish logos.
The value of these terms lies in their baroqueness, in the way they pile up upon each other like garish baubles.Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future | Jacob Silverman | March 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The extensive wood carvings inside and outside will be painted in garish colors, like this family room shown in a finished home.
Two more years have yet to run before that garish and hideous date, prophetic of all that is bright and new and abominably raw.Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
It had a garish blue tunic reaching well below the hips and a black skirt bordered with blue.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He could not bear the noise, the garish light, the continued rumble and movement of the street.North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Damask curtains of old rose and pale green, falling over a widow-shade of yellow lace, softened the garish light of day.The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
Usually, all was silent within its walls when the darkness fell; but this night a garish light flickered under the door.The Pioneers | Katharine Susannah Prichard
British Dictionary definitions for garish
gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
- garishly, adverb
- garishness, noun
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