American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Making an imposing or aesthetically pleasing display; striking: showy flowers.
- adj. Displaying brilliance and virtuosity of ability or performance: a showy violin solo.
- adj. Marked by or prone to ostentatious, often tasteless display; flashy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Making a show or striking appearance; gay; brilliant; gaudy; effective.
- Given to show or display; ostentatious.
- Synonyms Gorgeous, magnificent, sumptuous, pompous, grand, flashy, glaring, garish, dressy.
- adj. calling attention; flashy; standing out to the eye, often in such a way that is of low quality or little merit
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious; gay; gaudy.
- adj. superficially attractive and stylish; suggesting wealth or expense
- adj. marked by ostentation but often tasteless
- adj. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
- adj. displaying brilliance and virtuosity
- show + -y (Wiktionary)
“Its flowers are used in showy tropical arrangements.”
“Howland kept getting questions during the tournament about how the gritty, slowdown style was playing in showy, glitzy L.A., and how the region's plethora of high-scoring high school stars will receive recruiting calls from the nation's new defensive powerhouse.”
“But plenty were cowboys, too, and upon emerging from the Green Zone they drove in showy clusters of SUVs, nose to tail, cutting off traffic and careening down the streets as if they were taking fire.”
“She was neither very brilliant, nor altogether a pretender, but might be described as a showy woman, of slight but popular accomplishments.”
“Page 446 used to call my showy butler, died an object of disgust and horror, whilst old Jacob, with whose red nightcap you comically threatened the gay dandy -- lived till the other day, and dying, left 800 pounds behind him!”
“Feinmel said Kelley had no regular employment and there was little that could be described as showy about his lifestyle.”
“So the Coens and I started talking about Tommy Lee and other people that are fun to listen to, like Bill Clinton, and thought about what it would be like if a person had that kind of showy presentation — but was devoid of substance.”
“No critics have ever hurled the kind of negative thunderbolts at him that a more obviously "showy" pianist like Lang Lang has endured from the beginning of his international career.”
“Or at least driven under the radar by the kind of showy construction where creativity and cost are terminally confused.”
“There will be none of the airborne razzle-dazzle of the Panama invasion or the kind of showy amphibious landings that, unopposed, looked silly on CNN in Somalia.”
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