Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being showy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being showy; pompousness; great parade; ostentation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being showy; pompousness; great parade.

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

  • n. extravagant elaborateness

Etymologies

showy +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "There is a terrible distaste in France for that kind of showiness," says Poirier.

    Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: The long and the short of it

  • Maybe he should have gone on with that kind of showiness, as if to insist that he, too, is a genius.

    Rabbit Undone

  • Not only does Kapper avoid the typical mistakes that betray a first-time feature director-and the showiness which is often the other option for debut-directors of some competence-every sequence is staged with the touch of a veteran: shot composition, lighting, cutting, coverage, scene structure, props that don't feel borrowed from some high school, settings that feel like part of the real world ... real Ohio weather.

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  • In the have and have-not society of golden-age Athens, wallowing in luxury and public ostentation became a pivot for societal change, as the statesman Pericles suggested such showiness was ultimately not worthy of the Greeks, and altogether more a Persian way of carrying on.

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  • This allows for a bit of showiness, and actually happens to be the area which does appeal to the various areas of male readership and viewership.

    Superhero Nation: how to write superhero novels and comic books » Why Women Love Vampires and Men Don’t

  • John Madden's film, from a script by Matthew Vaughn, is lean and to the point, a solid job of moving the action forward and keeping you in the moment without frills or showiness.

    Marshall Fine: Review: The Debt

  • Nekkid girls and boobies alert, distasteful showiness of much skin, and they all wanna fight each other in order to be the Queen of wherever the heck they are.

    Anime Preview: Spring 2009 First Impressions – Batch 1 « Undercover

  • Banks, but without the showiness that sometimes mars Banks' fiction for me.

    :Acquired Taste

  • He opines, strongly, that the middle class in Canada, through an historical disinclination for conflict, aggression or showiness, largely ignore the wealthy thereby permitting them a kind of invisibility.

    Entitlement: Jonathan Bennett Interview

  • A movement like this can help a nation by acting as a corrective, or it can descend into a corrosive populism that celebrates unknowingness as authenticity, that confuses showiness with seriousness and vulgarity with true conviction.

    Why It's Time for the Tea Party

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