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Definition of "garish" []

  • Marked by strident color or excessive ornamentation; gaudy. (adjective)
  • Loud and flashy: garish makeup. See Synonyms at gaudy1. (adjective)
  • Glaring; dazzling: "Hide me from Day's garish eye” ( John Milton). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "garish" in a sentence
  • "And I forgot to mention the billboards – giant things stretching from the ground up to about 15 – 20 feet up, typically in garish yellow or red, no pictures, just Chinese characters, and frequently tattered, faded, and torn."
  • "Now, a lot of the time, this is littered with various large kids 'toys, things to ride on in garish colors and whatnot."
  • "Children playing, men in garish Hawaiian shirts at the grill, women in fun and flirty sundresses, sprinklers on lawns, and older ladies fanning themselves make a tapestry of summer."