What is gaudy?

  • (adj): (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display.
    Synonyms: flashy, jazzy, showy, sporty
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Gaudy or gaudie (from the Latin, "gaudium", meaning "enjoyment" or "merry-making") is a term used to reflect student life in a number of the ancient universities in the United Kingdom as well as other institutions such as Durham University. It is generally believed to relate to the traditional student song, De Brevitate Vitae (On the Shortness of Life), which is commonly known as the Gaudeamus by virtue of its first line.

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Gaudy Night - Explanation of The Novel's Title
... "Gaudy" derives from the Latin gaudium and Old French gaudie, meaning "merry-making" or "enjoyment" ... A college gaudy is a meeting for former members ... The phrase "gaudy night" is taken from Shakespeare's Antony Cleopatra Let's have one other gaudy night call to me / All my sad captains fill our ...
Blacker's Art Of Fly Making - Contents
... Fly, as shown in the Beautiful Plate of Engravings on Salmon Hooks - 23 Process of making the Gaudy Salmon Fly - 30 To make the Winged Larva - 42 A Catechism ... Process of making the Gaudy Salmon-fly - opposite 30 9 ... Plate of Gaudy Flies, Nos, 1, 2, 3, - opposite 105 16 ...
Dorothy L. Sayers - Career - Detective Fiction
... But in the course of writing Gaudy Night, Sayers imbued Lord Peter and Harriet with so much life that she was never able, as she put it, to "see Lord Peter exit the stage" ... Advertise, and advocated women's education (then a controversial subject) and role in society in Gaudy Night ... In Gaudy Night, Miss Barton writes a book attacking the Nazi doctrine of Kinder, Kirche, K├╝che, which restricted women's roles to family activities, and in many ways ...
Gaudy Night - Literary Significance and Criticism
... Although no murder occurs in Gaudy Night, it is not without a great deal of suspense and psychological thrills ... novel has been described as "the first feminist mystery novel." "Gaudy Night is a remarkable achievement ... The Search, and sound views on counterpoint versus harmony." Gaudy Night deals with a number of philosophical themes, such as the right relation between love and independence ...
Gaudy - Cultural References
... The Lord Peter Wimsey mystery Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers, is set at such a reunion at a fictional women's college at Oxford ...

More definitions of "gaudy":

  • (noun): A celebratory feast held annually at one of the colleges in a British university.

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    The Gettysburg speech is at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history. Put beside it, all the whoopings of the Websters, Sumners and Everetts seem gaudy and silly. It is eloquence brought to a pellucid and almost gem-like perfection—the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)

    A man’s women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.
    —H.L. (Henry Lewis)

    Let’s have one other gaudy night.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)