Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. calling attention; flashy; standing out to the eye, often in such a way that is of low quality or little merit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious; gay; gaudy.

from The 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

show +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

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