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Topic: COLOURS

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: gaud 'bright decorative object' (14-19 centuries), probably from Old French gaudir 'to enjoy'

gaudy

adjective
     
gau‧dy
CC clothes, colours etc that are gaudy are too bright and look cheap - used to show disapproval:
gaudy jewelry
gaudily adverb
gaudiness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: colour WORD FOCUS: colour
a particular kind of colour: shade, hint, hue

words for describing dark colours: dark, deep, rich

words for describing light colours: light, pale, soft, pastel

words for describing bright colours: bright, brilliant, vivid, garish disapproving, gaudy disapproving

having a lot of colours: colourful, multicoloured British English/multicolored American English


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