- The definition of gaudy is something that is bright and ornate, but overdone to the point of being tacky.
An example of something that might be described as gaudy is a large tiara completely covered in big fake diamonds.
Origin: from Classical Latin gaudium, joy
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adjective gaud·i·er, gaud·i·est
Origin: Possibly from gaudy2 (influenced by gaud).
- gaudˈi·ly adverb
- gaudˈi·ness noun
noun pl. gaud·ies Chiefly British
Origin: Middle English gaudi, gaud, prank, trick, possibly from Old French gaudie, merriment (from gaudir, to enjoy, make merry, from Latin gaudēre, to rejoice) and from Latin gaudium, enjoyment, merry-making (from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots).