- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔː.di/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔ.di/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːdi
Alternatively, from Middle English gaudi, gawdy (“yellowish”), from Old French gaude, galde (“weld (the plant)”), from Frankish *walda, from Proto-Germanic *walþō, *walþijō, akin to Old English *weald, *wielde (>Middle English welde, wolde and Anglo-Latin walda (“alum”)), Middle Low German wolde, Middle Dutch woude. More at English weld.
- very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, / But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy.
- 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
- The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
- 1887, Homer Greene, Burnham Breaker:
- A large gaudy, flowing cravat, and an ill-used silk hat, set well back on the wearer's head, completed this somewhat noticeable costume.
- 2005, Thomas Hauser & Marilyn Cole Lownes, "How Bling-bling Took Over the Ring", The Observer, 9 January 2005
- Gaudy jewellery might offend some people's sense of style. But former heavyweight champion and grilling-machine entrepreneur George Foreman is philosophical about today's craze for bling-bling.
- (obsolete) fun; merry; festive
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Tennyson to this entry?)
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene xiii]:
- Let's have one other gaudy night.
- 1884 December 10, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter 22, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) […], London: Chatto & Windus, […], OCLC 458431182:
- And then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw...
gaudy (plural gaudies)
- One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Gower to this entry?)
gaudy (plural gaudies)
- A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.