- brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
- cheaply showy in a tasteless way; flashy.
- ostentatiously ornamented; garish.
Origin of gaudy1
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Antonyms for gaudy
Related Words for gaudinessglamour, glitz, sheen, luster, radiance, glare, show, zap, glisten, twinkle, gleam, flash, shimmer, sparkle, beam, shine, brightness, pageantry, coruscation, splendor
Examples from the Web for gaudiness
Contemporary Examples of gaudiness
There was no mistaking this for the gaudiness and gilt of made-for-TV awards shows.
Historical Examples of gaudiness
Then there were splendid liveries, and all manner of gaudiness, not without some taste.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil
In thy apparel avoid singularity, profuseness, and gaudiness.Book of Wise Sayings
W. A. Clouston
Gaudiness, after all, defeats its own purpose, for it expresses a certain vulgarity.Book of Etiquette, Volume 2
Lillian Eichler Watson
He achieves effects in gaudiness which even time Italian officer cannot equal.Europe Revised
Irvin S. Cobb
There was not a sign of gaudiness about her; not a ring, a necklace, or a bracelet.Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete
- gay, bright, or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; garish
Word Origin for gaudy
- British a celebratory festival or feast held at some schools and colleges
Word Origin for gaudy
Word Origin and History for gaudiness
"showy, tastelessly rich," 1580s, probably ultimately from Middle English gaudi "large, ornamental bead in a rosary" (early 14c.); but there is a parallel sense of gaudy as "full of trickery" (1520s), from Middle English gaud "deception, trick," from gaudi "a jest, trick," possibly from Anglo-French gaudir "be merry, scoff," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy).
Alternative etymology of the adjective is from Middle English gaudegrene "yellowish-green" (early 14c.), originally "green dye" obtained from a plant formerly known as weld, from a Germanic source (see weld (n.)), which became gaude in Old French. The English term supposedly shifted sense from "weld-dye" to "bright." As a noun, "feast, festival" 1650s, from gaudy day "day of rejoicing" (1560s).