Gaudy definition

gôdē
Bright and showy, but lacking in good taste; cheaply brilliant and ornate.
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A feast; esp., an annual dinner or reunion at a British university.
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Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.
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A feast, especially an annual university dinner.
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Twain.

And then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw...

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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.

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Very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner.
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One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.

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A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gaudy
Plural:
gaudies

Adjective

Base Form:
gaudy
Comparative:
gaudier
Superlative:
gaudiest

Origin of gaudy

  • 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 gāu- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from gaudy (influenced by gaud)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin uncertain; perhaps from gaud (“ornament, trinket”), itself perhaps from Old French gaudir (“to rejoice”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin gaudium "joy".

    From Wiktionary