showy


showy
showy, pretentious, ostentatious can mean making or presenting an outward display that is by implication greater than what is necessary or justifiable.
Showy, the ordinary term, carries less definite implications than the other words. It implies an imposing, striking, or impressive appearance, but it often suggests cheapness, inferiority, or poor taste
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showy brass wareShaw

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showy fur- niture

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showy decorations

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or undue conspicuousness or gaudiness
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a showy wallpaper design

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showy peonies

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or overattention to superficial qualities
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the showy talents, in which the present age prides itself— Newman

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Pretentious (see also AMBITIOUS 2) suggests even less warrant for display, for it usually implies an appearance that is not justified by the thing's actual value or actual cost or by the person's actual worth, rank, performance, or capability; the term therefore implies a criticism of whatever is so described
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I'd rather you didn't call me "sir" ... it might give rise to the idea that I had asked you to .... It might appear rather pretentiousMackenzie

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his sense of character is nil, and he is as pretentious as a rich whore, as sentimental as a lollipop— Mailer

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a brilliant sham, which, like a badly built and pretentious house, looks poor and shabby after a few years— Cather

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Ostentatious stresses vainglorious display or parade but it does not necessarily imply either showiness or pretentiousness
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ostentatious public charities— Wilde

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the ostentatious simplicity of their dress— Macaulay

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thought their cortege ostentatious . . . slaves marching ahead with drums, porters bearing food and . . . gifts, and an armed escort— Hervey

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Analogous words: *gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious: resplendent, gorgeous (see SPLENDID): opulent, sumptuous, *luxurious

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  • Showy — Show y, a. [Compar. {Showier}; superl. {Showiest}.] Making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious; gay; gaudy. [1913 Webster] A present of everything that was rich and showy. Addison. [1913 Webster] Syn:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • showy — showy; un·showy; …   English syllables

  • showy — index elaborate, flagrant, grandiose, histrionic, inflated (vain), meretricious, orotund, pretentious …   Law dictionary

  • showy — 1712, from SHOW (Cf. show) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Showiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • showy — [adj] flamboyant, flashy classy, dashing, flash, garish, gaudy, glaring, histrionic, jazzy*, loud, luxurious, meretricious, opulent, ornate, ostentatious, overdone, overwrought, peacocky, pompous, pretentious, resplendent, screaming, sensational …   New thesaurus

  • showy — ► ADJECTIVE (showier, showiest) ▪ strikingly bright, colourful, or ostentatious. DERIVATIVES showily adverb showiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • showy — [shō′ē] adj. showier, showiest 1. of striking or attractive appearance 2. attracting attention in a gaudy or flashy way …   English World dictionary

  • showy — adjective (showier; est) Date: 1709 1. making an attractive show ; striking < a showy orchid > 2. given to or marked by a flashy often tasteless display • showily adverb • showiness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • showy — UK [ˈʃəʊɪ] / US [ˈʃoʊɪ] adjective Word forms showy : adjective showy comparative showier superlative showiest 1) brightly coloured and attractive a plant with large showy flowers 2) showing disapproval big and expensive in a way that seems ugly a …   English dictionary

  • showy — [[t]ʃo͟ʊi[/t]] showier, showiest ADJ GRADED Something that is showy is very noticeable because it is large, colourful, or bright. Since he was color blind, he favored large, showy flowers... They were smart but not showy. Syn: gaudy …   English dictionary


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