There are 2 main definitions of gaudy in English:

gaudy1

Syllabification: gaud·y
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôdē
 
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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
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

gaudily

adverb
More 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

noun
More 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.

Definition of gaudy in:

There are 2 main definitions of gaudy in English:

gaudy2

Syllabification: gaud·y
Pronunciation: /ˈɡôdē
 
/

noun (plural gaudies)

British

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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