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Definition tastelessly showy
  • At each seat was a cheap cardboard fan bearing a garish Garden of Gethsemane, courtesy Tyndal's Hardware Co. (You-Name-It-We-Sell-It).
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
garish = tastelessly showy
  • They were white hands, sickly white hands that had never seen the sun, so white they stood out garishly against the dull cream wall in the dim light of Jem's room.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • garishly = tastelessly bright
  • Rasmussen was there amidst a pile of schematics, his face looking garish as he sipped a thermos of coffee by the light of a fluorescent lantern.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • He had two windows and a door at the front of the cave, and the windows had garish yellow-and-purple curtains: irises and daffodils.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • By comparison, the chariot costume seems garish, the interview dress too contrived.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • In the garish stadium light, the box was revealed as worn and threadbare, a small wooden container that might have been a discarded jewelry box.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Working rapidly, she dressed me in the heavy, garish Kurdish fashion.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • She was in a garish pink petticoat, and her bony yellow shoulders stuck sharply out of it.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • It had a garish print made up of dying heroes, horrible tortures, and lions eating slaves in the Colosseum.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • The sky was red and orange and garish green.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Now, in what I guessed must have been her late sixties, she no longer had to hide behind powder and garish silk.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The houses are painted a garish yellow.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Cleans off the garish remains of the paint we so hastily applied to our faces and makes us up again.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He leaned on the metal rail and looked down a thousand feet of yellow and pink striated limestone to the snaking, garish green water below.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • There was Minta, wreathed, tinted, garish on the stairs about three o'clock in the morning.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • We did, and he swept the light over Martin's body, a landscape of garish ruin.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Throughout the length of this narrow and irksome inclined plane not a sign of life was visible on this garish afternoon.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • I wonder if maybe she'd chosen it, out of the others, because it was less garish.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • Every gaudy colour that fluttered in the air from carriage seat and garish tent top, shone out in its gaudiest hues.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • She sees crying as a sign of weakness, a garish appeal for attention, and she won't indulge it.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed

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