Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.


adj. show·i·er, show·i·est
1. Making a striking or aesthetically pleasing display: showy flowers.
2. Marked by or given to extravagant, often tasteless display.

show′i·ly adv.
show′i·ness n.
Synonyms: showy, flamboyant, ostentatious, pretentious
These adjectives mean marked by a striking, often excessively conspicuous display: a showy rhinestone bracelet; an entertainer's flamboyant personality; an ostentatious sable coat; pretentious name-dropping.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.showiness - extravagant elaborateness; "he wrote with great flamboyance"
elaborateness, ornateness - an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
تَظاهُر، تَباهٍ
sem er áberandi


[ˈʃəʊɪnɪs] Nostentación f


nProtzigkeit f (inf); (of person)auffallende Art; (as regards clothes) → Aufgeputztheit f; (of manner)theatralische Art; (of ceremony, décor)bombastische Art; (of colour)Auffälligkeit f; (of production)Effekthascherei f


(ʃəu) past tense showed: past participles showed ~shown verb
1. to allow or cause to be seen. Show me your new dress; Please show your membership card when you come to the club; His work is showing signs of improvement.
2. to be able to be seen. The tear in your dress hardly shows; a faint light showing through the curtains.
3. to offer or display, or to be offered or displayed, for the public to look at. Which picture is showing at the cinema?; They are showing a new film; His paintings are being shown at the art gallery.
4. to point out or point to. He showed me the road to take; Show me the man you saw yesterday.
5. (often with (a)round) to guide or conduct. Please show this lady to the door; They showed him (a)round (the factory).
6. to demonstrate to. Will you show me how to do it?; He showed me a clever trick.
7. to prove. That just shows / goes to show how stupid he is.
8. to give or offer (someone) kindness etc. He showed him no mercy.
1. an entertainment, public exhibition, performance etc. a horse-show; a flower show; the new show at the theatre; a TV show.
2. a display or act of showing. a show of strength.
3. an act of pretending to be, do etc (something). He made a show of working, but he wasn't really concentrating.
4. appearance, impression. They just did it for show, in order to make themselves seem more important than they are.
5. an effort or attempt. He put up a good show in the chess competition.
ˈshowy adjective
giving an impression of value by a bright and striking outward appearance. His clothes are too showy for my liking.
ˈshowiness noun
ˈshow-business noun
the entertainment industry, especially the branch of the theatre concerned with variety shows, comedy etc.
ˈshowcase noun
a glass case for displaying objects in a museum, shop etc.
ˈshowdown noun
an open, decisive quarrel etc ending a period of rivalry etc.
ˈshowground noun
an area where displays etc are held.
ˈshow-jumping noun
a competitive sport in which horses and their riders have to jump a series of artificial fences, walls etc.
ˈshowman noun
a person who owns or manages an entertainment, a stall at a fair etc.
ˈshowroom noun
a room where objects for sale etc are displayed for people to see. a car showroom.
give the show away
to make known a secret, trick etc.
good show!
that's good!.
on show
being displayed in an exhibition, showroom etc. There are over five hundred paintings on show here.
show off
1. to show or display for admiration. He showed off his new car by taking it to work.
2. to try to impress others with one's possessions, ability etc. She is just showing off – she wants everyone to know how well she speaks French (noun ˈshow-off a person who does this).
show up
1. to make obvious. This light shows up the places where I've mended this coat.
2. to reveal the faults of. Mary was so neat that she really showed me up.
3. to stand out clearly. The scratches showed up on the photograph.
4. to appear or arrive. I waited for her, but she never showed up.
References in classic literature ?
Whatever was not problematical and suspected about this young man--for example, a certain showiness as to foreign ideas, and a disposition to unsettle what had been settled and forgotten by his elders-- was positively unwelcome to a physician whose standing had been fixed thirty years before by a treatise on Meningitis, of which at least one copy marked "own" was bound in calf.
Its beauty lies in purity of form, not in showiness.
There is none of the Flash Harry exuberant showiness that was Desert Orchid's trademark or, indeed, the mixture of class, barrel and bounce that earmarked One Man.
Writer-director Neil Labute dissects the sexism, cynicism and dubious moral values of modern men and the businesses they run with minimum showiness but devastating effect.
The tiring-house facade is more of a problem: its elaboration, and the gloom produced by the stage-cover, does demand an equal showiness in the costumes, which we know to have been the custom on Shakespeare's stage (though absent from the mediocre production of The Winter's Tale which I saw).
Because of his fierce red-orange hair, which he hated and threatened to dye, and did, on more than one occasion, leaving the half-look of his head strangely mottled, as if he had survived scarlet fever, which, in his embarrassment, he sometimes claimed he had, and because he spoke and acted with a certain insect abruptness yet showiness in spite of his childish size, more diminutive each year, and because Timothy is a grass, Tim the diminution, he's become an American Redstart, demonstrative at the tiptop of branches, che-wee, che-wee, che-wee.
Laurel feels repulsed by Fay's display and the showiness of her relationship with the judge.
Coney is of the opinion that Wal-Mart doesn't like to see anyone who's doing business with the company become too successful, nor does Wal-Mart like showiness.
Craft contributions are pro without showiness, highlighted by a thoughtfully chosen soundtrack of period tunes.
In the 1980s and early '90s there was a sense of showiness and bling and conspicuous consumption among the you generations," Wood says.