showy

[ shoh-ee ]
/ ˈʃoʊ i /

adjective, show·i·er, show·i·est.

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

Nearby words

  1. showpiece,
  2. showplace,
  3. showroom,
  4. showstopper,
  5. showtime,
  6. showy crab apple,
  7. showy orchis,
  8. shoyu,
  9. shp,
  10. shpt

Origin of showy

First recorded in 1705–15; show + -y1

Related formsun·show·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for showy

showy

/ (ˈʃəʊɪ) /

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

showy

adj.

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

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