There are 2 main definitions of gaudy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɔːdi/

adjective (gaudier, gaudiest)

Extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless: silver bows and gaudy ribbons
More example sentences
  • He wore his guilt like a piece of gaudy jewelry, bright and flashy and probably fake.
  • Some clowns prefer to wear bright and gaudy makeup, while others have a fondness for ludicrous masks.
  • Her dress was often very gaudy, with bright colors, and a sense of fashion that followed too closely behind fads.
Synonyms
tasteless, in bad taste, vulgar, distasteful, unattractive, nauseating, bilious, sickly
informalflash, tacky
North American informalbling-bling

Derivatives

gaudily

1
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɔːdɪli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Some, gaudily laden with promotional funds, emerge into a welcoming market.
  • Stale is an understatement for the dry and musty-tasting honey-saffron tea cake, hidden beneath a garden scene, all done in gaudily coloured but bland fondant icing.
  • ‘Nowadays young people want to buy these,’ he said, gesturing to his racks of gaudily packaged, dusty tapes, each of which costs the equivalent of 22 Pakistani rupees.

gaudiness

2
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɔːdɪnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • The plush red-velvet setting is just right for an evening that has an extravagant peacock gaudiness but no discernible heart or brain.
  • It is his signature, his philosophy and shtick, his declaration that love conquers all, a testament to the gaudiness and foreignness of romance.
  • It stood in sharp contrast to the gaudiness of the other temples we had visited.

Origin

Late 15th century: probably from gaud + -y1.

Words that rhyme with gaudy

bawdy, Geordie, Lordy

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gaudy 2 Line breaks: gaudy
Pronunciation: /ˈɡɔːdi/

noun (plural gaudies)

British
A celebratory dinner or entertainment held by a college for old members: administratively, the college cannot cope with more than one gaudy per year

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense 'rejoicing, a celebration'): from Latin gaudium 'joy', or from gaude 'rejoice!', imperative of gaudere.

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