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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shoh-ee]
    • /ˈʃoʊ i/
    • /ˈʃəʊ.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shoh-ee]
    • /ˈʃoʊ i/

Definitions of showy word

  • adjective showy making an imposing display: showy flowers. 1
  • adjective showy pompous; ostentatious; gaudy. 1
  • adjective showy ostentatious, flamboyant 1
  • adjective showy Something that is showy is very noticeable because it is large, colourful, or bright. 0
  • adjective showy gaudy, flashy, or ostentatious 0
  • adjective showy making a brilliant or imposing display 0

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Origin of showy

First appearance:

before 1705
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1705-15; show + -y1

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Parts of speech for Showy


showy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

showy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for showy

adj showy

  • agitative — tending to stir or agitate
  • alembicated — (of a literary style) excessively refined; precious
  • arrestive — tending to arrest
  • bandbox — a lightweight usually cylindrical box used for holding small articles, esp hats
  • baronial — If you describe a house or room as baronial, you mean that it is large, impressive, and old-fashioned in appearance, and looks as if it belongs to someone from the upper classes.

adjective showy

  • centrefold — A centrefold is a picture that covers the two central pages of a magazine, especially a photograph of a naked or partly naked woman.
  • chichi — If you say that something is chichi, you mean that it is pretty or stylish, especially in a way that you consider affected.
  • chintzy — Something that is chintzy is decorated or covered with chintz.
  • cocksure — Someone who is cocksure is so confident and sure of their abilities that they annoy other people.
  • colourful — Something that is colourful has bright colours or a lot of different colours.

Antonyms for showy

adj showy

adjective showy

  • humble — not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
  • modest — having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
  • quiet — making no noise or sound, especially no disturbing sound: quiet neighbors.

Top questions with showy

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