Etymology
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garish (adj.)

"showy, dazzling," especially "glaringly vulgar and gaudy," 1540s, of unknown origin, possibly from obsolete Middle English gawren "to stare" (c. 1200), which is of uncertain origin (perhaps from Old Norse gaurr "rough fellow") + -ish. Related: Garishly; garishness.

updated on February 12, 2015

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Definitions of garish from WordNet

garish (adj.)
tastelessly showy;
garish colors
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