from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a showy manner; pompously; with parade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a showy manner; pompously; with parade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a showy manner.

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

  • adverb with ostentation; in an ostentatious manner
  • adverb in a fancy colorful manner


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showy +‎ -ly


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