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



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 W. Chambers, chapter VIII, The Younger Set:
      "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; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; []."
    • 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.



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