garish


garish

adjective

  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.

adjective

  1. gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
adj.

1540s, possibly from obsolete Middle English gawren “to stare” (c.1200), which is of uncertain origin (perhaps from Old Norse gaurr “rough fellow”) + -ish. Related: Garishness.

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