[ gair-ish, gar- ]
/ ˈgɛər ɪʃ, ˈgær- /
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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.
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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 FROM garishgar·ish·ly, adverbgar·ish·ness, noun
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How to use garish in a sentence
As far as one could see, there were no eruptions of look-at-me garishness, no flashes of stomach-churning inappropriateness.Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress: Alexander McQueen's Royal Triumph|Robin Givhan|April 29, 2011|DAILY BEAST
There is a general garishness of appearance about many of them.The Romance of Plant Life|G. F. Scott Elliot
It seemed to Madden that he had been in the heat and brilliant garishness of the Sargasso for centuries.The Cruise of the Dry Dock|T. S. Stribling
The sequins lose their garishness; the painted faces preserve an illusion of reality.Carnival|Compton Mackenzie
He despised all garishness and affectation, and was usually full of his theme.Fifty Notable Years|John G. Adams
A bright light not only chases the shade from its aisles and recesses but also shows up the garishness of its glass.A Wanderer in Paris|E. V. Lucas
British Dictionary definitions for garish
/ (ˈɡɛərɪʃ) /
gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
Derived forms of garishgarishly, adverbgarishness, noun
Word Origin for garish
C16: from earlier gaure to stare + -ish
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