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Definitions for gaudy
ˈgɔ digaudy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gaudyadjective

    (Britain) a celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held a college

  2. brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashyadjective

    tastelessly showy

    "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"

  3. flashy, gaudy, jazzy, showy, sportyadjective

    (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gaudyadjective

    Showy; splendid; pompous; ostentatiously fine.

    Etymology: from gaude.

    Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
    But not exprest in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
    For the apparel oft proclaims the man. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Fancies fond with gaudy shapes possess,
    As thick and numberless
    As the gay motes that people the sun-beams. John Milton.

    A man who walks directly to his journey’s end, will arrive thither much sooner than him who wanders aside to gaze at every thing, or to gather every gaudy flower. Isaac Watts.

    A goldfinch there I saw, with gaudy pride
    Of painted plumes, that hopp’d from side to side. Dryden.

    The Bavarian duke his brigades leads,
    Gallant in arms, and gaudy to behold. Phillips.

  2. Gaudynoun

    A feast; a festival; a day of plenty.

    Etymology: gaudium, Latin.

    He may surely be content with a fast to-day, that is sure of a gaudy to-morrow. George Cheyne.


  1. Gaudy

    Gaudy or gaudie (from the Latin, "gaudium", meaning "enjoyment" or "merry-making") is a term used to reflect student life in a number of the ancient universities in the United Kingdom as well as other institutions such as Durham University and Reading University. It is generally believed to relate to the traditional student song, "De Brevitate Vitae" (On the Shortness of Life), which is commonly known as the Gaudeamus (Let's make merry) by virtue of its first word.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gaudy

    ostentatiously fine; showy; gay, but tawdry or meretricious

  2. Gaudy

    gay; merry; festal

  3. Gaudynoun

    one of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited

  4. Gaudynoun

    a feast or festival; -- called also gaud-day and gaudy day

  5. Etymology: [See Gaud, n.]


  1. Gaudy

    Gaudy or gaudie is a term used to reflect student life in a number of the ancient universities in the United Kingdom as well as other institutions such as Durham University. It is generally believed to relate to the traditional student song, De Brevitate Vitae, which is commonly known as the Gaudeamus by virtue of its first line.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GAUDY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gaudy is ranked #83226 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gaudy surname appeared 226 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gaudy.

    71.2% or 161 total occurrences were White.
    19% or 43 total occurrences were Black.
    8.4% or 19 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gaudy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gaudy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of gaudy in a Sentence

  1. Eleanor Janega:

    The desire to be' accurate' suddenly disappears when sex isn't involved and it is actual interesting day to day minutiae, if the(' Game of Thrones') world was historically accurate, why isn't every single noble house or castle absolutely covered by huge gaudy, colourful murals ? Why is it that this form of historical accuracy isn't important, but showing rape as endemic is ?

  2. Jacob Alspector:

    The Vessel is like some MC Escher nightmare, the Vessel's kind of relentless. The Vessel's very gaudy, The Vessel's very cold. The Vessel's thrilling... The Vessel's not the most friendly and life-affirming and inclusive kind of space or structure. The Vessel's kind of empty. What's the point of The Vessel ? Just to walk up and walk down ?

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Beware Of entrance to a quarrel but being in, Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee. Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not express'd in fancy rich, not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

  4. Rich Dauer:

    I’m going to wear this one [ring] a lot, when I got the ring with the Orioles, it was awesome because I was a player and on the team. It was awful gaudy, though. It had a lot of diamonds. It was the first of the real diamond [rings]. It was hard to wear it. And now they make them so big that you can’t get them on your finger. The year we went through, the players, it was the best. I can’t wait.

  5. Henry Louis Mencken:

    A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.

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  • евтинBulgarian
  • nevkusnýCzech
  • kitschig, protzig, knallig, grellGerman
  • chillón, vistoso, vulgar, sobrecargado, feúcho, llamativo, horteraSpanish
  • criard, voyant, surfait, kitsch, vulgaireFrench
  • taibhseach, spiagaí, scéiniúil, gairéadachIrish
  • ard-ghaaoilManx
  • भड़कीलाHindi
  • cifraHungarian
  • vistoso, chiassoso, sgargianteItalian
  • צַעֲקָנִיHebrew
  • 派手, あくどい, どぎつい, けばけばしいJapanese
  • schreeuwlelijk, opvallend, ordinairDutch
  • jarmarcznyPolish
  • espalhafatosoPortuguese
  • цветастый, безвкусный, кричащийRussian
  • jologsTagalog

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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. elan
    • B. ternion
    • C. canopy
    • D. scholastic

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