Definition of Showy

1. Adjective. Marked by ostentation but often tasteless. "A splashy half-page ad"

Exact synonyms: Flamboyant, Splashy
Similar to: Ostentatious, Pretentious
Derivative terms: Flamboyance, Show, Showiness, Splash, Splashiness



2. Adjective. Displaying brilliance and virtuosity.
Similar to: Theatrical
Derivative terms: Show, Showiness

3. Adjective. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display.
Exact synonyms: Flashy, Gaudy, Jazzy, Sporty
Similar to: Colorful, Colourful
Derivative terms: Flash, Flashiness, Gaudiness, Gaudiness, Showiness

4. Adjective. Superficially attractive and stylish; suggesting wealth or expense. "A glossy TV series"
Exact synonyms: Glossy
Similar to: Attractive

Definition of Showy

1. a. Making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious; gay; gaudy.

Definition of Showy

1. Adjective. calling attention; flashy; standing out to the eye, often in such a way that is of low quality or little merit ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Showy

1. making a great or brilliant display [adj SHOWIER, SHOWIEST]

Medical Definition of Showy

1. Making a show; attracting attention; presenting a marked appearance; ostentatious; gay; gaudy. "A present of everything that was rich and showy." (Addison) Synonym: Splendid, gay, gaudy, gorgeous, fine, magnificent, grand, stately, sumptuous, pompous. Origin: Compar. Showier; superl. Showiest. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Showy

showrun
showrunner
showrunners
shows
shows off
shows up
showstopper
showstoppers
showstopping
showtime
showtimes
showup
showups
showwoman
showwomen
showy (current term)
showy daisy
showy goldenrod
showy lady's-slipper
showy lady slipper
showy milkweed
showy orchis
showy sunflower
showyard
showyards
showyness
shoyu
shoyus
shozoku
shpadoinkle

Literary usage of Showy

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1. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"One of the best and most showy species. A robust form is var. major, Hort. ... A showy species when in bloom. AA. Stamens shorter than the petals. ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1900)
"Three or 4 corras in a 4-in. pot give attractive bloom in March or later. Grown only indoors or under frames in the N. They are showy and useful plants. ..."

3. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Dashing means striking—ie showy, ... To cut a dash is to get one's self looked at and talked about for a showy or striking appearance. Cut and Dry. ..."

4. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"Blowen (thieves), originally a showy courtesan, a prostitute, but now used more in the sense of woman, mistress. Tramp it, tramp it, ..."

5. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"92, t 31. Sea beach at San Diego, and on the islands. Л striking and showy plant In cultivation a short naked awn is rarely produced from each margin of the ..."

6. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1880)
"Gray, Fl. ii. 355 ; Torr. Bot. Мех. Bound. 92, t. 31. Sea beach at San Diego, and on the islands. A striking and showy plant In ..."

7. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"showy dwarf plants for sunny rockwork, in light sandy soil. ... showy marsh plants, adapted for the margins of lakes, streamlets or artificial bogs. ..."

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