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 adverbshowiness noun Synonyms: showy, pretentious, ostentatious mean given to excessive outward display. showy implies an imposing or striking appearance but usually suggests cheapness or poor taste <
the performers' showy costumes
. pretentious implies an appearance of importance not justified by the thing's value or the person's standing <
a pretentious parade of hard words
. ostentatious stresses vainglorious display or parade <
the ostentatious summer homes of the rich

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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