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gaudy 1

Syllabification: gaud·y
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôdē/

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.
garish, lurid, loud, overbright, glaring, harsh, violent, showy, glittering, brassy, ostentatious;
tasteless, in bad taste, tawdry, vulgar, unattractive, bilious
informal flash, flashy, tacky, kitsch, kitschy


Pronunciation: /ˈɡôdəlē/
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.
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôdēnəs/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with gaudy

bawdy, Geordie, Lordy
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gaudy 2 Syllabification: gaud·y
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôdē/

noun (plural gaudies)

A celebratory reunion dinner or entertainment held by a college.


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

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