An example of something that might be described as gaudy is a large tiara completely covered in big fake diamonds.
Origin of gaudygaud + -y
Origin of gaudyfrom Classical Latin gaudium, joy
Origin of gaudyPossibly from gaudy 2 (influenced by gaud )
nounpl. gaud·ies Chiefly British
Origin of gaudyMiddle 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.)
(comparative gaudier, superlative gaudiest)
Origin uncertain; perhaps from gaud (“ornament, trinket”), itself perhaps from Old French gaudir (“to rejoice”).
A common claim that the word derives from Antoni Gaudí, designer of Barcelona's Sagrada Família Basilica, is not supported by evidence (the word was in use at least half a century before Gaudí was born).
- A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.
From Latin gaudium "joy".