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    • US Pronunciation
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    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [os-ten-tey-shuh s, -tuh n-]
    • /ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃəs, -tən-/
    • /ˌɒs.tenˈteɪ.ʃəs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [os-ten-tey-shuh s, -tuh n-]
    • /ˌɒs tɛnˈteɪ ʃəs, -tən-/

Definitions of ostentatious word

  • adjective ostentatious characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser. 1
  • adjective ostentatious (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity. 1
  • noun ostentatious Characterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice. 1
  • adjective ostentatious actions, appearance: showy 1
  • adjective ostentatious person: who shows off 1
  • adjective ostentatious If you describe something as ostentatious, you disapprove of it because it is expensive and is intended to impress people. 0

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Origin of ostentatious

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
First recorded in 1650-60; ostentat(ion) + -ious

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Parts of speech for Ostentatious


ostentatious popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for ostentatious

adjective ostentatious

  • flashy — sparkling or brilliant, especially in a superficial way or for the moment: a flashy performance.
  • affected — If you describe someone's behaviour as affected, you disapprove of the fact that they behave in an unnatural way that is intended to impress other people.
  • showy — making an imposing display: showy flowers.
  • brazen — If you describe a person or their behaviour as brazen, you mean that they are very bold and do not care what other people think about them or their behaviour.
  • flamboyant — strikingly bold or brilliant; showy: flamboyant colors.

noun ostentatious

  • kitsch — something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

Antonyms for ostentatious

adjective ostentatious

  • modest — having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • moderate — kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
  • plain — clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view.
  • tasteful — having, displaying, or in accordance with good taste: tasteful clothing; a tasteful room.

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