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[shoh-ee] /ˈʃoʊ i/
adjective, showier, showiest.
making an imposing display:
showy flowers.
pompous; ostentatious; gaudy.
Origin of showy
1705-15; show + -y1
Related forms
unshowy, adjective
2. loud. See gaudy1 , grandiose.
2. humble. Unabridged
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  • It might therefore be thought that by now the area's jungles would have been picked clean of large, showy species.
  • After the crash many of the rich cut back on unnecessary luxuries, particularly the showy sort.
  • With exceptions, luxury websites tend to be showy but unoriginal, since firms often use the same web designers.
  • They form a satisfying whole, and in the past would have supplied a rich patron with a beautiful and showy cabinet of treasures.
  • The showy lantern tower of the tallest spire glowed with a nighttime torch when the king was in.
  • We often add plants to our gardens in fall because they bear showy flowers or have gorgeous color.
  • Tuck in bread, and you have a showy first course or main dish that's easy to grasp.
  • If a blossom is showy, chances are it's the petals you notice.
  • The plant is especially showy in a glazed chocolate brown pot.
  • But it has a fund of good sense and direct obvious meaning which compensates for the want of more showy qualities.
British Dictionary definitions for showy


adjective showier, showiest
gaudy, flashy, or ostentatious
making a brilliant or imposing display
Derived Forms
showily, adverb
showiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for showy

1712, from show (n.) + -y (2). Related: Showiness; showiness. Originally in a positive sense.

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