American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.
- n. Chiefly British A feast, especially an annual university dinner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Joyful; merry; festive.
- Brilliantly fine or gay; bright; garish.
- Showy without taste; vulgarly gay or splendid; flashy.
- Synonyms Flaunting, glittering; garish, flashy, dressy, finical. See tawdry.
- n. A feast or festival; an entertainment; a treat.
- n. Gaiety; gaudiness.
- n. One of the beads in the rosary marking the five joyful mysteries, or five joys of the Virgin. See rosary. Also gaud.
- n. One of the tapers burnt, in commemoration of the five joyful mysteries, by the image, on the altar, or in a chapel of the Virgin, during masses, antiphons, and hymns in her honor.
- To deck with ostentatious finery; bedizen.
- adj. very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
- n. A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Ostentatiously fine; showy; gay, but tawdry or meretricious.
- adj. Gay; merry; festal.
- n. obsolete One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
- n. Oxford Univ. A feast or festival; -- called also
gaud-dayand gaudy day.
- n. (Britain) a celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held a college
- adj. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
- adj. tastelessly showy
- From Latin gaudium "joy". (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from gaudy2 (influenced by gaud).Middle English gaudi, gaud, prank, trick, possibly from Old French gaudie, merriment (from gaudir, to enjoy, make merry, from Latin gaudēre, to rejoice) and from Latin gaudium, enjoyment, merry-making (from gaudēre, to rejoice; see gāu- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bender's fiction accepts those constraints and relates decidedly familiar stories dressed up in gaudy but cheap disguises.”
“You nod and smile with every paragraph, and wish the story would unroll into a novel, breaking the boundaries of the book, streaming in gaudy tapestries, out through the door and into the blue wide yonder - to the place where awards are distributed and happy critics fall over themselves to lavish praise (this story did not win any awards, by the way) Why am I so excited about this?”
“The odds were amazingly against me finding a hat I would ever wear again, because as you may recall, these retailers specialize in beachwear that makes the word gaudy hang its head in shame.”
“There is nothing worse than seeing art that wallows in gaudy baubles.”
“The riotous colors and designs celebrate different fiestas ... white pompoms and streamers for the church, and for birthdays, big earthenware jars dressed in gaudy colors.”
“I understood that the god of the Gentiles was no better than a toy, to be dressed up in gaudy stuffs and carried in processions.”
“These damsels, in gaudy garments of emerald green, bright rose, and flaming yellow, were squatting outside their cabins or lounging unveiled about the thresholds of two or three dismal dens of cafés in the market-place.”
“The Praetorian praefect, the praefect of Rome, the quaestor, the master of the offices, with the public and patrimonial treasurers, * whose functions are painted in gaudy colors by the rhetoric of Cassiodorus, still continued to act as the ministers of state.”
“A McMansion generally refers to a gaudy, oversize, spanking-new dwelling situated on a piece of land that can barely contain its size, the unfortunate result being that most McMansions stand cheek-to-jowl with their next door neighbors.”
“This apparently very rich middle-aged man appears out of nowhere, buys and renovates a local mansion, and fills it with fancy pieces of furniture and a lot of pop art, which Updike describes as gaudy travesties of the ordinary — giant pay telephones in limp canvas, American flags duplicated in impasto, ... relentless enlargements of our comic strips and advertising insignia, our movie stars and bottle caps, our candies and newspapers and traffic signs.”
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