brilliantly or excessively showy: gaudy plumage.
cheaply showy in a tasteless way; flashy.
ostentatiously ornamented; garish.
- gaud·i·ly, adverb
- gaud·i·ness, noun
- un·gaud·i·ly, adverb
Other definitions for gaudy (2 of 2)
a festival or celebration, especially an annual college feast.
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How to use gaudy in a sentence
Ubiquitously dyed in bright and gaudy colors, they unsurprisingly didn’t serve any practical purpose.Hoplite: The Remarkable Citizen-Soldier of Ancient Greece | Dattatreya Mandal | August 2, 2022 | Realm of History
Gaming headsets tend to identify themselves with gaudy, RGB-enhanced styling.Sony Pulse 3D headset review: 3D Audio for everyone | Eric Frederiksen | February 3, 2022 | Popular-Science
Each character’s mind movie gets its own episode, interspersed with scenes of their classmates comforting and irritating one another at Xavier’s gaudy house as the interrogation takes place.Apple’s Star-Studded Murder Comedy The Afterparty Is the Perfect Antidote to the Winter Blues | Judy Berman | January 27, 2022 | Time
Now, it feels impractical, which makes its gamer-gear styling feel gaudy, rather than futuristic.
Ignore your GPS and explore the side streets, which will help you circumvent traffic and the gaudy clamor.On Virginia’s Chincoteague Island — all this and ponies, too | Nevin Martell | September 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Much like the Taj Mahal, Revel opened in classically gaudy Atlantic City style in April 2012—with a sunrise Champagne toast.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal | Olivia Nuzzi | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Batterby, in gaudy raiment, went to an office in Manchester; in gaudier raiment he often attended race meetings.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The belated moon stole up from its lair, hovered above the sky-line, a gaudy orange sphere in the haze of smoke.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Not even in Agra, and certainly not in gaudy Lucknow, had Malcolm seen any structure of such striking architectural effect.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
She laughed at the comedy and wept—she and the gaudy woman next to her wept over the tragedy.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
We got Fanny a dress on the sly, gaudy black velvet and Duchesse lace.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for gaudy (1 of 2)
gay, bright, or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; garish
- gaudily, adverb
- gaudiness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for gaudy (2 of 2)
British a celebratory festival or feast held at some schools and colleges
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