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  • She wore a gaudy costume.
  • By local standards, her outfit was gaudy.
  • She described Las Vegas as gaudy.
  • ...Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • ...only a few old ladies shook their heads over Ellen’s gaudy clothes, while her other relations fell under the charm of her high colour and high spirits.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • But there were vacant seats here and there, and into one of them she was ushered, between brilliantly dressed women who had gone there to kill time and eat candy and display their gaudy attire.
    Kate Chopin  --  A Pair of Silk Stockings
  • You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur.
    Ezekiel 16:16 (NIV)
  • Costly thy habit [clothes] as thy purse can buy,
    But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
    For the apparel oft proclaims the man;
    Shakespeare  --  Hamlet
  • Well, there was a big outlandish parrot on each side of the clock, made out of something like chalk, and painted up gaudy.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Nothing moved but a pair of gaudy butterflies that danced round each other in the hot air.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • Cloaks of turkey feathers fluttered from their shoulders; huge feather diadems exploded gaudily round their heads.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Above the chimney were sundry villainous old guns, and a couple of horse-pistols: and, by way of ornament, three gaudily-painted canisters disposed along its ledge.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain while the clock ticked on the wash-stand and the moon soaked with wet light his tangled clothes upon the floor.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The baron, followed by the count, traversed a long series of apartments, in which the prevailing characteristics were heavy magnificence and the gaudiness of ostentatious wealth,
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Or why, irrespective of all latitudes and longitudes, does the name of the White Sea exert such a spectralness over the fancy, while that of the Yellow Sea lulls us with mortal thoughts of long lacquered mild afternoons on the waves, followed by the gaudiest and yet sleepiest of sunsets?
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Only when Jack himself roused a gaudy bird from a primitive nest of sticks was the silence shattered and echoes set ringing by a harsh cry that seemed to come out of the abyss of ages.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The butler led her to a gaudy, overstuffed parlor and went to alert Mrs. Blanck.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • She was wearing Richie’s bathrobe —one of those Asian souvenir robes, red satin with a big gaudy tiger.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • He pointed at a tall, gaudy facade at the edge of the square.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Emma and I sat down just as the curtain opened, revealing a straw boater hat floating atop a gaudy red-and-white striped suit.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Too gaudy.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The back is a gaudy parade float of lilies and carnations and roses in varying states of bloom and wither.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • " ’tis not gaudy, and ’twill keep off the draft there by the chimney."
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • I faced the gaudy sunflower on her canvas bag—it looked hand-painted—and at last my eyes fell into hers.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Now I am glad not to be wearing the gaudy, provocative clothing that seems to be drawing stares and whispers to Lil and Em.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • You’re a boy, Sam, a boy dressed up in a gaudy soldier’s suit."
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Their flat was gaudy and in some ways like themselves.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Gaudy food.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Above, the setting sun flared gaudy and inhuman, blood-red shelves of cloud that suggested end-times footage of catastrophe and ruin: detonations on Pacific atolls, wildlife running before sheets of flame.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Several gaudily dressed guests seemed to be arriving at once, many of them outfitted as famous rockers.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • She goes in the bathroom and dabs some more rouge on her gaudy cheeks.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Dorothea marched into the apartment, her purple tent flying around her like a gaudy flag.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • She is so altered from the woman I knew in the Capitol, stripped of the gaudy clothing, the heavy makeup, the dyes and jewelry and knickknacks she adorned her hair with.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • An Arab woman—a nurse, I supposed—was sitting beside the bier; she was wearing a blue smock and had a rather gaudy scarf wound round her hair.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • The woman drove them past downtown Atlanta, with its gaudy skyscrapers and gleaming gold-domed capitol building, to their new home, a two-bedroom dwelling in Clarkston’s Wyncrest apartments.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Now that we had spending money, we bought the illustrated paperbacks with their gaudy pictures.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • She’d worried that the clothing would be gaudy signals to the commandant, but clearly he already knew—as did the guards—where the children hid.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • The barrage of gaudy, flickering advertisements for products and places Alyss had never heard of.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • The old personal charm was still there under this new gaudy manner.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The horse snorts, then Jewel sees him, glinting for a gaudy instant among the blue shadows.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • But no, there was something gaudier even than this.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • That settled, they then selected a gaudy array of jackets and slacks regarded as appropriate for what was to be, according to Dick, a Florida honeymoon.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She wore a tight, shabby little black dress, which she had tried to camouflage by the gaudy plastic bracelets tinkling on her wrist.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He thought the tale a ’gaudy lie.’
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • "Presents," Edward corrected, and he pulled another key—this one longer and silver with a less gaudy blue bow—from his pocket.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • He was much over-dressed, in a gaudy vest of many colors, a blue neckerchief, bedropped gayly with yellow spots, and arranged with a flaunting tie, quite in keeping with the general air of the man.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • To the sound of popping champagne corks, tarts with gaudy make-up offered their services to war profiteers seated at laden tables.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Struggling to draw breath into lungs that felt flattened, he blinked and realized that the gaudy glare was sunlight streaming through a canopy of leaves far above him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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