Garish Gar"ish (g[^a]r"[i^]sh), a. [Cf. OE. gauren to stare; of uncertain origin. Cf. {gairish}.] 1. Showy; dazzling; ostentatious; attracting or exciting attention. ``The garish sun.'' ``A garish flag.'' --Shak. ``In . . . garish colors.'' --Asham. ``The garish day.'' --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

Garish like the laughters of drunkenness. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Gay to extravagance; flighty. [1913 Webster]

It makes the mind loose and garish. --South. -- {Gar"ish*ly}, adv. -- {Gar"ish*ness}, n. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • garishly — 1590s, from GARISH (Cf. garish) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • garishly — garish ► ADJECTIVE ▪ obtrusively bright and showy; lurid. DERIVATIVES garishly adverb garishness noun. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • garishly — adverb in a tastelessly garish manner the temple was garishly decorated with bright plastic flowers • Syn: ↑tawdrily, ↑gaudily • Derived from adjective: ↑gaudy (for: ↑gaudily), ↑tawdry …   Useful english dictionary

  • garishly — adverb see garish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • garishly — See garish. * * * …   Universalium

  • garishly — adverb In a garish manner …   Wiktionary

  • garishly — adv. in a garish manner, showily, flashily, glaringly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • garishly — gar·ish·ly …   English syllables

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  • garish — garishly, adv. garishness, n. /gair ish, gar /, adj. 1. crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration. 2. excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings. 3. dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.… …   Universalium

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