[ US /ˈʃoʊi/ ]
[ UK /ʃˈə‍ʊi/ ]
  1. marked by ostentation but often tasteless
    a cheap showy rhinestone bracelet
    a splashy half-page ad
  2. (used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
  3. superficially attractive and stylish; suggesting wealth or expense
    a glossy TV series
  4. displaying brilliance and virtuosity
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How To Use showy In A Sentence

  • _Phyllocactus_ in having the branches dilated into the form of fleshy leaves, but differ in haying them divided into short truncate leaf-like portions, which are articulated, that is to say, provided with a joint by which they separate spontaneously; the margins are crenate or dentate, and the flowers, which are large and showy, magenta or crimson, appear at the apex of the terminal joints. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"
  • Rotate showy plants, such as orchids, begonias, and bromeliads, into your garden for color all year.
  • He is like the showy orchis, or the lady's-slipper, or the shooting star among plants, -- a stranger to all but the few; and when an American poet says cuckoo, he must say it with such specifications as to leave no doubt what cuckoo he means, as Lowell does in his "Nightingale in the Study:" -- The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton
  • Since he was color blind, he favored large, showy flowers.
  • For fine white flowers we have the showy achilleas in variety and gypsophila paniculata, called baby breath as a common name. Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Embracing the Transactions of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society,Volume 44, from December 1, 1915, to December 1, 1916, Including the Twelve Numbers of "The Minnesota Horticulturist" for 1916
  • Heleniumshave a longer and more showy flowering period if rejuvenated from year to year.
  • They're not too overt, too ostentatious or showy. Times, Sunday Times
  • It's not a particularly bright colour, nothing like the sunshine intensity of gorse, or a male brimstone's wings, not even as showy as the palest daffodil. Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk
  • Pulsatilla, the pasque flower, is a real stunner with showy lilac flowers and you'll find an excellent specimen at Glasnevin in the Sensory Garden.
  • The native four-o'clock, also known as showy four-o'clock, is a great plant to add to your dryland Garden.
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