garish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Old Norse gaurr (rough fellow)[1].

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Adjective[edit]

garish (comparative more garish, superlative most garish)

  1. Overly ostentatious; so colourful as to be in bad taste.
    • The dress fits her well, but the pattern is rather garish.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set[1]:
      “ My tastes,” he said, still smiling, “ incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet.” And, to tease her and arouse her to combat : “ I prefer a farandole to a nocturne ; I'd rather have a painting than an etching ; … ”
    • 2003 August 10, Ken Keeler, "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", Futurama, season 5, episode 16, Fox Broadcasting Company
      Leela: He gave me mechanical ears / Effective though just a bit garish.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ garish” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).