garish

[gair-ish, gar-]

adjective

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.

Origin of garish

1535–45; earlier gaurish, perhaps equivalent to obsolete gaure to stare (Middle English gauren < Old Norse) + -ish1
Related formsgar·ish·ly, adverbgar·ish·ness, noun

Synonyms for garish

1. loud, tawdry. See gaudy1.
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Historical Examples of garishly

  • He was bareheaded, and very beautifully, though not garishly clad.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • There appeared an elderly man, in a black frockcoat, loose-fitting and not too garishly new, a student's coat rather than a fop's.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The young miner followed his companion's gaze through the garishly lit crowd.

    Blazed Trail Stories

    Stewart Edward White

  • The world at large had a way of calling them painted women; but this day their faces were not painted nor were they garishly clad.

    Old Judge Priest

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • We crossed the garishly bright road and went in silence through quiet streets.



British Dictionary definitions for garishly

garish

adjective

gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
Derived Formsgarishly, adverbgarishness, noun

Word Origin for garish

C16: from earlier gaure to stare + -ish
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Word Origin and History for garishly
adv.

1590s, from garish + -ly (2).

garish

adj.

1540s, possibly from obsolete Middle English gawren "to stare" (c.1200), which is of uncertain origin (perhaps from Old Norse gaurr "rough fellow") + -ish. Related: Garishness.

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