Definition of garish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɛːrɪʃ/


Obtrusively bright and showy; lurid: garish shirts in all sorts of colours
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  • The Quakers started like a team with championship ambition, as purposeful and bright as their garish yellow shirts.
  • Maybe he received a garish jumper, a lurid tie or an outsized pair of slippers in his seasonal gifts.
  • The combination of garish cartoon colours and brash graphic quality is totally euphoric.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡɛːrɪʃ(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • This technology has given the state its dominant symbols - even when temperatures warm up to near freezing, Alaskans rumble about outside in thick, garishly colored parkas, as if displaying the symbols of a common tribe.
  • Set against a garishly psychedelic Thailand, the frenetic musical comedy revolves around Bay, a mop-topped rock drummer who is a devout Buddhist trying to achieve the 10th level of sacred drumming.
  • A large quantity of the toys - garishly coloured flashing dummies and fur-covered dogs, cats, rabbits and pandas - were seized during a swoop in Yorkshire Street by trading standards officers.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡɛːrɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • It is not only the brightness, garishness, shininess and fine detail of these pictures: the composition, too, was - by the standards of the masters - slapdash.
  • It's a curious mix of film-set kitsch and rustic country village, but it's pretty and tasteful and devoid of the kind garishness that taints Christmas here.
  • The appeal of Los Gavilanes lies precisely in its English disdain for garishness.


Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with garish

bearish, fairish, squarish

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Line breaks: gar¦ish

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