adjective, show·i·er, show·i·est.

making an imposing display: showy flowers.
pompous; ostentatious; gaudy.

Origin of showy

First recorded in 1705–15; show + -y1
Related formsun·show·y, adjective

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Antonyms for showy

2. humble. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective showier or showiest

gaudy, flashy, or ostentatious
making a brilliant or imposing display
Derived Formsshowily, adverbshowiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for showy

1712, from show (n.) + -y (2). Related: Showiness; showiness. Originally in a positive sense.

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