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garish

[gair-ish, gar-] /ˈgɛər ɪʃ, ˈgær-/
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
1535-1545
1535-45; earlier gaurish, perhaps equivalent to obsolete gaure to stare (Middle English gauren < Old Norse) + -ish1
Related forms
garishly, adverb
garishness, noun
Synonyms
1. loud, tawdry. See gaudy1 .
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  • Crowned with a mosque-inspired tower, it is garishly decorated with flowery-tiled columns and busts.
  • In situ only the pediment figures, garishly painted, were clearly visible from the ground.
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  • But the market is rewarding his often garishly executed work.
  • Their apoplectic overacting is more than matched by the special effects in which the movie is garishly gift-wrapped.
  • The gargantuan and garishly opulent hotel is worth a visit.
  • Tom is a bland, mopey hanger-on whose mediocre original songs flaunt garishly morbid imagery.
  • Two garishly painted actresses lurk on either side of the stage and occasionally take symbolic action in the play.
  • The acting, when it is not garishly indulgent, is slack and fuzzy.
British Dictionary definitions for garishly

garish

/ˈɡɛərɪʃ/
adjective
1.
gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
Derived Forms
garishly, adverb
garishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from earlier gaure to stare + -ish
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Word Origin and History for garishly
adv.

1590s, from garish + -ly (2).

garish

adj.

1540s, possibly from obsolete Middle English gawren "to stare" (c.1200), which is of uncertain origin (perhaps from Old Norse gaurr "rough fellow") + -ish. Related: Garishness.

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