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gar·ish

 (gâr′ĭsh, găr′-)
adj.
Overly bright or ornamented, especially in a vulgar or tasteless way; gaudy.

[Origin unknown.]

gar′ish·ly adv.
gar′ish·ness n.
Synonyms: garish, flashy, gaudy1, loud, tawdry
These adjectives mean tastelessly showy: garish colors; a flashy ring; a gaudy costume; a loud sport shirt; tawdry ornaments.

garish

(ˈɡɛərɪʃ)
adj
gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
[C16: from earlier gaure to stare + -ish]
ˈgarishly adv
ˈgarishness n

gar•ish

(ˈgɛər ɪʃ, ˈgær-)

adj.
1. crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes.
2. excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings.
3. dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.
4. excessively bright; glaring.
[1535–45; perhaps = obsolete gaure to stare (Middle English gauren < Old Norse) + -ish1]
gar′ish•ly, adv.
gar′ish•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.garish - tastelessly showygarish - tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste

garish

adjective gaudy, bright, glaring, vulgar, brilliant, flash (informal), loud, brash, tacky (informal), flashy, tasteless, naff (Brit. slang), jazzy (informal), tawdry, showy, brassy, raffish garish purple curtains
conservative, quiet, plain, elegant, modest, dull, subtle, refined, sombre, sedate, tasteful, unobtrusive

garish

adjective
Tastelessly showy:
Informal: tacky.
Translations
مُبَهْرَج، زاهٍ
křiklavý
criardtape-à-l’œilbariolébarioler
feltűnőízléstelenrikító
óòægilega bjartur/skrautlegur
per daug ryškiaiper didelis ryškumas
acīs krītošsspilgts
gräll
cafcaflıcırtlak

garish

[ˈgɛərɪʃ] ADJ [colour] → chillón, estridente; [clothing] → chillón, llamativo, charro (LAm)

garish

[ˈgɛərɪʃ] adjcriard(e), voyant(e)

garish

adj (pej) colours, neon signgrell, schreiend; clothesknallbunt

garish

[ˈgɛərɪʃ] adjsgargiante, vistoso/a; (light) → abbagliante

garish

(ˈgeəriʃ) adjective
unpleasantly bright or showy. His shirts are very garish.
ˈgarishly adverb
ˈgarishness noun
References in classic literature ?
A mania for purchasing spread itself throughout the several bands--munitions for war, for hunting, for gallantry, were seized upon with equal avidity--rifles, hunting knives, traps, scarlet cloth, red blankets, garish beads, and glittering trinkets, were bought at any price, and scores run up without any thought how they were ever to be rubbed off.
They must look queer in their garish frames on the walls of the peasant house.
An up-hill and down-hill ride of twenty-odd miles through a garish mid-day atmosphere brought him in the afternoon to a detached knoll a mile or two west of Talbothays, whence he again looked into that green trough of sappiness and humidity, the valley of the Var or Froom.
He enlarged on the glories of the Rue de la Paix and the garish splendour of the Folies Bergeres.
It was a land of huge, dark houses and of garish gin-shops, a land, too, where life moves irregularly and where adventures are to be gained--as the Admiral was to learn to his cost.
They fawned upon him for an invitation to sit at his table and buy beer for him in whatever garish cabaret Michael was performing.
It seemed that the succession of dwellers in the furnished room had turned in fury--perhaps tempted beyond forbearance by its garish coldness--and wreaked upon it their passions.
Against this rude form of domesticity were opposed the chromo-tinted dresses and extravagant complexions of a few single unattended women--happily seen more often at night behind gilded bars than in the garish light of day--and an equal number of pale-faced, dark-moustached, well-dressed, and suspiciously idle men.
As the night deepened, so deepened to me the interest of the scene; for not only did the general character of the crowd materially alter (its gentler features retiring in the gradual withdrawal of the more orderly portion of the people, and its harsher ones coming out into bolder relief, as the late hour brought forth every species of infamy from its den,) but the rays of the gas-lamps, feeble at first in their struggle with the dying day, had now at length gained ascendancy, and threw over every thing a fitful and garish lustre.
They like crocus and hyacinth time best of all, as they are partial to a bit of colour, but tulips (except white ones, which are the fairy-cradles) they consider garish, and they sometimes put off dressing like tulips for days, so that the beginning of the tulip weeks is almost the best time to catch them.
Because it was very quiet and very dark it reminded him more of his beloved African jungle than did the noisy and garish streets surrounding it.
He saw these other scenes through drifting vapors and swirls of sullen fog dissolving before shafts of red and garish light.