gaudy
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɡɔː.di/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡɔ.di/
    • (cot-caught) IPA: /ˈɡɑ.di/
Adjective

gaudy (comparative gaudier, superlative gaudiest)

  1. very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, / But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
      The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
    • 2005, Thomas Hauser & Marilyn Cole Lownes, "How Bling-bling Took Over the Ring", The Observer, 9 January 2005
      Gaudy jewellery might offend some people's sense of style. But former heavyweight champion and grilling-machine entrepreneur George Foreman is philosophical about today's craze for bling-bling.
  2. (obsolete) fun; merry; festive
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene xiii]:
      Let's have one other gaudy night.
    • And then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw...
Synonyms Translations Noun

gaudy (plural gaudies)

  1. One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
Noun

gaudy (plural gaudies)

  1. 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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