[ gair-ish, gar- ]
See synonyms for: garishgarishlygarishness on

  1. crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.

  2. excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings.

  1. dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.

  2. excessively bright; glaring.

Origin of garish

1535–45; earlier gaurish, perhaps equivalent to obsolete gaure “to stare” (Middle English gauren, from Old Norse ) + -ish1

synonym study For garish

1. See gaudy1.

Other words for garish

Other words from garish

  • gar·ish·ly, adverb
  • gar·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use garish in a sentence

  • He had been walking beside a garishly liveried groom who was leading an enormous Holstein bull toward the judging enclosure.

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British Dictionary definitions for garish


/ (ˈɡɛərɪʃ) /

  1. gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy

Origin of garish

C16: from earlier gaure to stare + -ish

Derived forms of garish

  • garishly, adverb
  • garishness, noun

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