Viva Elvis makes no effort to be anything but entertainment—upbeat, gaudy and over-the-top.
For them, as for the Puritans, Christmas is a gaudy distortion of the original message of Jesus.
There is a purity that extends from north Orlando to this gathering of gaudy dilettantes.
Cirque du Soleil's new show, the gaudy and fun Viva Elvis, opened Friday—and it's a sure hit.
HollywoodLife.com posted a closeup of the gaudy diamond ring, with an appraiser estimating its value at upward of $750,000.
Fairly in the midst of them, quite as gaudy to look upon and every whit as reckless in their horsemanship, rode Dade and Jack.
Thankful held the gaudy ring at arm's length and stared at it helplessly.
Down the center of the street advanced a gaudy procession headed by a barbaric priestess.
Their painted faces and breasts and gaudy clothes were different from our Indians.
Their simplicity appears beggarly when compared with the quaint forms and gaudy coloring of such artists as Cowley and Gongora.
"showy, tastelessly rich," 1580s, probably ultimately from Middle English gaudi "large, ornamental bead in a rosary" (early 14c.); but there is a parallel sense of gaudy as "full of trickery" (1520s), from Middle English gaud "deception, trick," from gaudi "a jest, trick," possibly from Anglo-French gaudir "be merry, scoff," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy).
Alternative etymology of the adjective is from Middle English gaudegrene "yellowish-green" (early 14c.), originally "green dye" obtained from a plant formerly known as weld, from a Germanic source (see weld (n.)), which became gaude in Old French. The English term supposedly shifted sense from "weld-dye" to "bright." As a noun, "feast, festival" 1650s, from gaudy day "day of rejoicing" (1560s).