Adjective "garish" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Obtrusively bright and showy; lurid.
  1. 'The whole restaurant was painted in bright colors but not neon bright and not too garish.'
  2. 'The old people were wearing garish colours, which I could never have imagined they would dare to put on.'
  3. 'The paper on which the books were printed was flimsy and cheap, and the books sold chiefly on the strength of their garish covers.'
  4. 'The men wore their hair longer and both genders wore bright, almost garish colors.'
  5. 'Half of the room was solid black, while the other half was a bright, garish pink color.'
  6. 'For those who are not acquainted with Christmas crackers, they're little packages in garish paper.'
  7. 'Only the garish turquoise silk tie and the glint in his pale blue eyes detract from this picture of geriatric gentlemanliness.'
  8. 'Some teenagers in garish tight polyester dresses saunter past, deep in conversation.'
  9. 'My straight blonde hair was positively garish in a room full of dyed-red perms.'
  10. 'But if I do, I promise not to make it put the pages in some microscopic font with garish colours.'


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.

4. excessively bright; glaring.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be garish for tastes."

"materials can be garish in appearances."

"dashboards can be garish by standards."

"colours can be garish."

"lights can be garish."

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Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.