Synonyms: gaudy1, flashy, garish, loud, meretricious, tawdry These adjectives mean tastelessly showy: a gaudy costume; a flashy ring; garish colors; a loud sport shirt; a meretricious yet stylish book; tawdry ornaments.
A feast, especially an annual university dinner.
[Middle English gaudi, gaud, prank, trick, possibly from Old French gaudie, merriment (from gaudir, to enjoy, make merry, from Latin gaudre, to rejoice) and from Latin gaudium, enjoyment, merry-making (from gaudre, to rejoice; see gu- in Indo-European roots).]
gaudy /gdi/ adj.-ier, -iest too brightly colored, (syn.) ostentatious: At the Mardi Gras carnival, dancers were wearing gaudy costumes in the parade.-adv.gaudily; -n. [U] gaudiness.