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 (gâr′ĭsh, găr′-)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.garishness - tasteless showinessgarishness - tasteless showiness      
tastelessness - inelegance indicated by a lack of good taste
2.garishness - strident color or excessive ornamentation
ugliness - qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses
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[ˈgɛərɪʃnɪs] N [of clothes, décor] → chabacanería f, ordinariez f, lo charro (LAm) ; [of colours, light] → estridencia f


n (pej)grelle or schreiende Farben pl; (of colours, illuminations)Grellheit f


[ˈgɛərɪʃnɪs] nvistosità


(ˈgeəriʃ) adjective
unpleasantly bright or showy. His shirts are very garish.
ˈgarishly adverb
ˈgarishness noun
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