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Definition of the adjective showy

What does showy mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more showy / showier | most showy / showiest

  1. marked by ostentation but often tasteless
  2. displaying brilliance and virtuosity
  3. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
  4. superficially attractive and stylish; suggesting wealth or expense

Alternative definition of the adjective showy


  1. calling attention; flash; standing out to the eye, often in such a way that is of low quality or little merit

Phrases with showy

  1. Showy Aster
  2. showy daisy
  3. Showy Draba
  4. Showy Gilia
  5. Showy Phlox
  6. Showy Sedge
  7. Showy Senna
  8. Showy Cappel
  9. Showy Orchid
  10. showy orchis
  11. Showy Chloris
  12. Showy Frasera
  13. Showy Gentian
  14. Showy Mullein
  15. Showy Tarweed
  16. Showy Cockspur
  17. Showy Locoweed
  18. Showy Menodora
  19. showy milkweed
  20. Showy Milkwort

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for showy

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Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

a lively, showy, gay man. A true gallant ; an insignificant beau ; a conceited, impertinent spark. GALLANTRY, [ galanterie, F.] refined address to women. Love, [lufian, to love, S.] the passion between the sexes. Gallantry is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (1905)

Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley

A showy simpleton, male or female : see Buffle (1618). 2. A showy trifle, anything pretty but of ...

Google previewA dictionary of synonyms of the English language, etc (1872)

Showy;-noble in bearing or spirit;-polite and attentive to | ladies. | SYN. Chivalrous; brave ; heroic; Gallantry, (ga1'lant-re) n.

Google previewPhytochemical Dictionary of the Leguminosae (1994)

by Frank Bisby

Barneby Showy Crotalaria, see Crotalaria spectabilis Roth Showy Millettia, see Millettia speciosa Benth. Showy Parrot Pea, see Dillwynia sericea Cunn.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

Showy, the ordinary term, carries less definite implications than the other words. It implies an imposing, striking, or impressive appearance, but it often suggests cheapness, inferiority, or poor taste (showy brass ware-Shaw) (showy furniture) ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Mixed sciences, vol. 4

Cistineous shrubs—Among these a few species of Cistns or rock-rose are hardy and most of the species of Helianthemum or sun-rose; they are all ornamental, and bear showy but short-lived flowers; 'but as new flowers expand as the old ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds (2007)

by Bonnie L. Hendricks

It should be a single- foot with the exaggerated, showy action learned from a good trainer that can be recognized by ear even if one is blindfolded. The knee and hock action should be snappy and sufficient for this beautiful gait. The slow gait ...

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Showy Meaning

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Scrabble value of S1H4O1W4Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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