garish

[gair-ish, gar-]
adjective
1.
crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.
2.
excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings.
3.
dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.
4.
excessively bright; glaring.

Origin:
1535–45; earlier gaurish, perhaps equivalent to obsolete gaure to stare (Middle English gauren < Old Norse) + -ish1

garishly, adverb
garishness, noun


1. loud, tawdry. See gaudy1.
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garish (ˈɡɛərɪʃ)
 
adj
gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
 
[C16: from earlier gaure to stare + -ish]
 
'garishly
 
adv
 
'garishness
 
n

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garish
1545, possibly from M.E. gawren "to stare," which is of unknown origin, perhaps from O.N. gaurr "rough fellow."
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Example sentences
Ignore the garish colours and focus instead on the darkest parts of the picture.
Put down that garish sweater and the goofy gag gift.
The licence plates of ordinary people feature a garish five numbers.
The result can be garish or melodramatic.
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