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Definition tastelessly showy

Much more rarely, in classic literature gaudy can refer to something that is extravagantly showy without the implication that it is tasteless. Even more rarely, it can refer to a celebratory feast held by a college.
  • She wore a gaudy costume.
gaudy = tastelessly showy
  • She described Las Vegas as gaudy.
  • By local standards, her outfit was gaudy.
  • gaudy = tastelessly showy
  • ...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
  • ...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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • gaudiness = tasteless showiness
  • 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
  • gaudy = tastelessly showy
  • Cloaks of turkey feathers fluttered from their shoulders; huge feather diadems exploded gaudily round their heads.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • gaudily = tastelessly showy
  • 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
  • gaudily = tastelessly showy
  • 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
  • gaudiness = tasteless showiness
  • while his house blazed gaudily on.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • 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
  • He found the count standing before some copies of Albano and Fattore that had been passed off to the banker as originals; but which, mere copies as they were, seemed to feel their degradation in being brought into juxtaposition with the gaudy colors that covered the ceiling.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The last swimmers have come in from the beach now and are dressing up-stairs; the cars from New York are parked five deep in the drive, and already the halls and salons and verandas are gaudy with primary colors, and hair shorn in strange new ways, and shawls beyond the dreams of Castile.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Nothing moved but a pair of gaudy butterflies that danced round each other in the hot air.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • gaudy = tastelessly showy
  • 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
  • gaudiest = tastelessly showy
  • He thought the tale a 'gaudy lie.'
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine

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