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adjective, show·i·er, show·i·est.
  1. making an imposing display: showy flowers.
  2. pompous; ostentatious; gaudy.
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Origin of showy

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


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2. loud. See gaudy1, grandiose.


2. humble.
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adjective showier or showiest
  1. gaudy, flashy, or ostentatious
  2. making a brilliant or imposing display
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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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