- 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 of gaudy; from Classical Latin gaudium, joy
Origin of gaudyPossibly from gaudy2 (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".