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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 of garish
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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Examples from the Web for garishness
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  • Piano colors of a violence and garishness are hurled against each other.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • He despised all garishness and affectation, and was usually full of his theme.

    Fifty Notable Years John G. Adams
  • The sequins lose their garishness; the painted faces preserve an illusion of reality.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • "The insolence of wealth and the garishness of its marts are disappearing," I told her.

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
  • She had behind her garishness a gift for sympathy and a keen intuition, delicacy, and allusiveness.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Think of a lot of over-dressed creatures flouting those severe outlines and deep-toned distances with frippery and garishness.

  • The castle had as yet yielded to him nothing that he had not seen before in the distraction of company and the garishness of day.

  • A bright light not only chases the shade from its aisles and recesses but also shows up the garishness of its glass.

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
British Dictionary definitions for garishness

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 garishness

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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