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showy

[ shoh-ee ]

adjective

, show·i·er, show·i·est.
  1. making an imposing display:

    showy flowers.

  2. pompous; ostentatious; gaudy.

    Synonyms: loud

    Antonyms: humble



showy

/ ˈʃəʊɪ /

adjective

  1. gaudy, flashy, or ostentatious
  2. making a brilliant or imposing display


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Derived Forms

  • ˈshowiness, noun
  • ˈshowily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • un·showy adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of showy1

First recorded in 1705–15; show + -y 1

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Example Sentences

Noel Brewer of the University of North Carolina said analyses have shown lotteries “have largely been a failure” despite some early interest in the showy prizes.

Also, keto egg bites seem to be merely mini-quiches with a fad-diet name, but those showy Montanans had to go put on airs, like usual.

His approach isn’t exactly showy, yet its disciplined austerity calls attention to itself.

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While Wonder Woman 1984 still has a bit of the old magic, and its leads all turn in terrific performances, the film is hampered by a frequently nonsensical plot, extraneous showy action sequences, and it's way too heavy-handed with the moralizing.

However, much of that is to support Vice President Mike Pence’s vision of getting astronauts back to the moon by 2024—a showy, nostalgic, but unrealistic goal, conveniently timed for when Pence might run for president.

But that category is full of showy performances, and George is not the showboating role in that play.

The showy accoutrements of state power have replaced the vestments of resistance.

Oh, and I had a traditionally showy headdress out of the same fabric.

The category gives actors the chance to do showy, attention-grabbing work, stepping into ready-made characters.

It is an archetypal Leigh Fermor anecdote: beautifully written, fabulously romantic and just a little showy.

Among these showy and high-bred soldiers, the hours passed delightfully.

The leaf is small and light green, and it is quite (p. 384) a showy plant when in blossom.

It is to genuine politeness and good breeding, what the showy paste is to the pure diamond.

The flowers do not have the showy colored bracts which forms so prominent a feature in those of many other plants.

There is a showy boot shop now where the Business College used to be; the new place is in Kingsway.

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