showy

  • 1 showy — showy, pretentious, ostentatious can mean making or presenting an outward display that is by implication greater than what is necessary or justifiable. Showy, the ordinary term, carries less definite implications than the other words. It implies… …

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  • 2 Showy — Show y, a. [Compar. {Showier}; superl. {Showiest}.] Making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious; gay; gaudy. [1913 Webster] A present of everything that was rich and showy. Addison. [1913 Webster] Syn:… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 showy — showy; un·showy; …

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  • 4 showy — index elaborate, flagrant, grandiose, histrionic, inflated (vain), meretricious, orotund, pretentious …

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  • 5 showy — 1712, from SHOW (Cf. show) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Showiness …

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  • 6 showy — [adj] flamboyant, flashy classy, dashing, flash, garish, gaudy, glaring, histrionic, jazzy*, loud, luxurious, meretricious, opulent, ornate, ostentatious, overdone, overwrought, peacocky, pompous, pretentious, resplendent, screaming, sensational …

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  • 7 showy — ► ADJECTIVE (showier, showiest) ▪ strikingly bright, colourful, or ostentatious. DERIVATIVES showily adverb showiness noun …

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  • 8 showy — [shō′ē] adj. showier, showiest 1. of striking or attractive appearance 2. attracting attention in a gaudy or flashy way …

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  • 9 showy — adjective (showier; est) Date: 1709 1. making an attractive show ; striking < a showy orchid > 2. given to or marked by a flashy often tasteless display • showily adverb • showiness noun …

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  • 10 showy — UK [ˈʃəʊɪ] / US [ˈʃoʊɪ] adjective Word forms showy : adjective showy comparative showier superlative showiest 1) brightly coloured and attractive a plant with large showy flowers 2) showing disapproval big and expensive in a way that seems ugly a …

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  • 11 showy — [[t]ʃo͟ʊi[/t]] showier, showiest ADJ GRADED Something that is showy is very noticeable because it is large, colourful, or bright. Since he was color blind, he favored large, showy flowers... They were smart but not showy. Syn: gaudy …

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  • 12 showy — show|y [ˈʃəui US ˈʃoui] adj something that is showy is very colourful, big, expensive etc, especially in a way that attracts people s attention ▪ an attractive shrub with showy flowers >showily adv >showiness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 showy — show|y [ ʃoui ] adjective 1. ) brightly colored and attractive: a plant with large showy flowers 2. ) big and expensive in a way that seems ugly: a showy ring …

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  • 14 showy — adjective something that is showy is very colourful, big, expensive etc, especially in a way that attracts people s attention: a showy car showily adverb showiness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 showy — [ˈʃəʊi] adj 1) brightly coloured and attractive a plant with large showy flowers[/ex] 2) big and expensive in a way that seems ugly Syn: ostentatious a showy ring[/ex] …

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  • 16 showy — /shoh ee/, adj., showier, showiest. 1. making an imposing display: showy flowers. 2. pompous; ostentatious; gaudy. [1705 15; SHOW + Y1] Syn. 2. loud. See gaudy1, grandiose. Ant. 2. humble. * * * …

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  • 17 showy — adjective they spared no sequins or feathers in what may be the most showy finale ever seen on this stage Syn: ostentatious, conspicuous, pretentious, flamboyant, gaudy, garish, brash, vulgar, loud, extravagant, fancy, ornate, overelaborate,… …

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  • 18 showy — show•y [[t]ˈʃoʊ i[/t]] adj. show•i•er, show•i•est 1) making an imposing display: showy flowers[/ex] 2) pompous; ostentatious; gaudy • Etymology: 1705–15 show′i•ly, adv. show′i•ness, n …

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  • 19 showy — /ˈʃoʊi / (say shohee) adjective (showier, showiest) 1. making an imposing display: showy flowers. 2. ostentatious; gaudy. –showily, adverb –showiness, noun …

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  • 20 showy — adjective calling attention; flash; standing out to the eye, often in such a way that is of low quality or little merit …

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