showy [shoh-ee] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for showy on adjective, show·i·er, show·i·est.

  1. making an imposing display: showy flowers.
  2. pompous; ostentatious; gaudy.

Origin of showy First recorded in 1705–15; show + -y1 Related formsun·show·y, adjectiveSynonyms for showy See more synonyms for on 2. loud. See gaudy1, grandiose.Antonyms for showy 2. humble. Related Words for showy garish, splashy, ostentatious, gaudy, ornate, pretentious, classy, sensational, dashing, flash, glaring, histrionic, jazzy, loud, luxurious, meretricious, opulent, overdone, overwrought, pompous Examples from the Web for showy Contemporary Examples of showy

  • But that category is full of showy performances, and George is not the showboating role in that play.

    A Tony Voter on Bryan Cranston’s Overrated LBJ, Neil Patrick Harris’s Underwhelming Hedwig

    Michael Musto

    June 4, 2014

  • The showy accoutrements of state power have replaced the vestments of resistance.

    Kosovo’s Frightening Example To Syria

    David Frum

    August 25, 2012

  • The category gives actors the chance to do showy, attention-grabbing work, stepping into ready-made characters.

    Good Actors, Bad Movies, and the Oscars

    Richard Rushfield

    November 29, 2011

  • One pollster said a showy pregnancy could just “annoy people.”

    The Strauss-Kahn Conspiracy Firestorm

    Tracy McNicoll

    May 19, 2011

  • And yet, many of her sentences struck me as showy, or straining toward cleverness.

    Fiction Wrestles With Global Terrorism

    Taylor Antrim

    February 22, 2010

  • Historical Examples of showy

  • Pretty, odd and showy, but by no means as superb a flower as some of the others.

    The Mayflower, January, 1905


  • It was a cheap lot, cheap and showy, and it fetched jolly little.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • It was flamboyant and showy; cheap, and tawdrily pretentious.

    St. Martin’s Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Flowers irregular, showy, in large panicles; blooming in June.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • Often cultivated for the showy clusters of berries in autumn.

    Trees of the Northern United States

    Austin C. Apgar

  • British Dictionary definitions for showy showy adjective showier or showiest

    1. gaudy, flashy, or ostentatious
    2. making a brilliant or imposing display

    Derived Formsshowily, adverbshowiness, noun Word Origin and History for showy adj.

    1712, from show (n.) + -y (2). Related: Showiness; showiness. Originally in a positive sense.

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