adjective, gaud·i·er, gaud·i·est.
Definition for gaudy (2 of 2)
noun, plural gaud·ies. British.
Origin of gaudy2
Examples from the Web for gaudy
Very few boys in Baltimore had been to bed that night: The show was altogether too gaudy.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is a purity that extends from north Orlando to this gathering of gaudy dilettantes.
In this narrative, the disgraced former President with his gaudy taste for golden toilets and exotic zoos, is cast as the Joker.Occupy Kiev: What Should Ukraine Do Now With The Heroes of the Maidan?|Vijai Maheshwari|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
U2 dropped a new single amidst the gaudy commercials on Super Bowl Sunday.U2 Drops ‘Invisible’ to Remind You the Band Exists|Howard Wolfson|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was a novelty item, presented in gaudy wrapping paper by a desperate John McCain to a jaded mainstream media.
And it must have been; every morning for eighty-nine days the gaudy music box faithfully played the tune over and over again.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
The wearers of uniform and official dress, besides the gaudy civic corporations, gave variety to the scene.
Then growing excited by their strange actions, he dashed forward fiercely and caught the gaudy red fly in his jaws.The Haunters of the Silences|Charles G. D. Roberts
She was dressed in a gaudy coat, wrought of various colors, with a sort of mantle buttoned over it.King Alfred of England|Jacob Abbott
His gaudy gold case, the gift of a grateful staff, was on the table in front of him, and he jerked out a cigar with a flourish.Cue for Quiet|Thomas L. Sherred
British Dictionary definitions for gaudy (1 of 2)
adjective gaudier or gaudiest
Word Origin for gaudy
British Dictionary definitions for gaudy (2 of 2)
noun plural gaudies
Word Origin for gaudy
Word Origin and History for gaudy
"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).