- crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration.
- excessively ornate or elaborate, as buildings or writings.
- dressed in or ornamented with bright colors.
- excessively bright; glaring.
- gay or colourful in a crude or vulgar manner; gaudy
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.