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gaud·y 1  (gôd)
adj. gaud·i·er, gaud·i·est
Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.

[Possibly from gaudy (influenced by gaud).]

gaudi·ly adv.
gaudi·ness n.
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.

gaud·y 2  (gôd)
n. pl. gaud·ies Chiefly British
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. gaudy

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