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
It looks like a stereotypical convenience store, shelves crowded with garishly packaged junk food.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken | Jane & Michael Stern | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The young miner followed his companion's gaze through the garishly lit crowd.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
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
We crossed the garishly bright road and went in silence through quiet streets.The Best Short Stories of 1917 | Various
Bending forward, he glared into the garishly splotched face of his daughter and put his hand to his throat, struggling for speech.Our Square and the People in It | Samuel Hopkins Adams
He had been walking beside a garishly liveried groom who was leading an enormous Holstein bull toward the judging enclosure.Lad: A Dog | Albert Payson Terhune
British Dictionary definitions for garish
gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
- garishly, adverb
- garishness, noun
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