Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pretension in appearance; looking overly done and distastefully adorned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being gaudy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or condition of being gaudy; showiness; ostentatiousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strident color or excessive ornamentation
  • n. tasteless showiness

Etymologies

gaudy +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The use of a little gum guacum in solution will be found occasionally advantageous; this gum is fairly hard and will lower the colour and prevent too much of an approach to gaudiness, that is, if a highly coloured varnish has been found necessary.

    The Repairing & Restoration of Violins 'The Strad' Library, No. XII.

  • Situating its apparent "gaudiness" well beyond any sense of what might constitute the aesthetically appropriate, Lewis's romance was denounced by Coleridge as a malevolent network of "libidinous minuteness," an intricate web which, once activated, articulated for even its most suspecting of readers a range of "powerful stimulants" and "meretricious attractions."

    Gothic Visions, Romantic Acoustics

  • You were caterpillar-brained from the start and our gaudiness made you blush and stutter.

    Day 10: Butterfly Morning

  • For one thing, she's synonymous with barrel-scraping gaudiness: Surprise Surprise, Moment Of Truth, Blind Date.

    Charlie Brooker's Screen burn: Blind Date

  • A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain… a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy's wing.

    In a bit of a flap: Lauren Laverne

  • GREENE: Even before Liberace's death in 1987, fans could check out some of his more notorious outfits and revel in his cheery gaudiness at the Liberace museum, where else, on Tropicana Avenue in Vegas.

    Liberace Museum To Close Its Doors

  • And yet, there were moments when she felt more ephemeral than ever, when the gaudiness of this experience-hoarding made her all the more unsure of what it meant to be living.

    ALONE With You

  • It's an interesting look, and again is made without gaudiness or tackiness.

    BSNYC Friday Flugelhorn Lesson!

  • What jumped out at me is how the advertising on the player makes the experience look closer to the gaudiness of MySpace than the sterility of Google.

    Google Goes Gaudy With YouTube Ads - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • For unexpected gaudiness, nothingnothingnothing tops this episode's flashback to the late 1920s, when Bill isn't a tortured, reticent vampire at all, but an enthusiastic killer.

    Mark Blankenship: True Blood Sucker Punch: Episode 6

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