gaudy vs sporty what difference

what is difference between gaudy and sporty

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔː.di/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡɔ.di/
    • (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑ.di/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːdi

Etymology 1

Origin uncertain; perhaps from gaud (ornament, trinket) +‎ -y, perhaps ultimately from Old French gaudir (to rejoice).

Alternatively, from Middle English gaudi, gawdy (yellowish), from Old French gaude, galde (weld (the plant)), from Frankish *walda, from Proto-Germanic *walþō, *walþijō, akin to Old English *weald, *wielde (>Middle English welde, wolde and Anglo-Latin walda (alum)), Middle Low German wolde, Middle Dutch woude. More at English weld.

A common claim that the word derives from Antoni Gaudí, designer of Barcelona’s Sagrada Família Basilica, is incorrect: the word was in use centuries before Gaudí was born.

Adjective

gaudy (comparative gaudier, superlative gaudiest)

  1. very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
      The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.
    • 2005, Thomas Hauser & Marilyn Cole Lownes, “How Bling-bling Took Over the Ring”, The Observer, 9 January 2005
      Gaudy jewellery might offend some people’s sense of style. But former heavyweight champion and grilling-machine entrepreneur George Foreman is philosophical about today’s craze for bling-bling.
  2. (obsolete) fun; merry; festive
    • And for my strange petition I will make
      Amends hereafter by some gaudy day
    • And then, there he was, slim and handsome, and dressed the gaudiest and prettiest you ever saw…
Synonyms
  • (excessively showy): tawdry, flashy, garish, kitschy
  • Thesaurus:gaudy
Derived terms
  • gaudily
  • gaudy night
Translations

Noun

gaudy (plural gaudies)

  1. One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gower to this entry?)

Etymology 2

Latin gaudium (joy). Doublet of joy.

Noun

gaudy (plural gaudies)

  1. A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the summer vacations.


English

Etymology

From sport +‎ -y.

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈspɔɹti/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈspɔːti/
  • (rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈspo(ː)ɹti/
  • (non-rhotic, without the horsehoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈspoəti/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)ti

Adjective

sporty (comparative sportier, superlative sportiest)

  1. Fond of sports.
    She’s perfect for me, as she’s both studious and sporty.
  2. Suitable for use in sport.
    a sporty tennis outfit
  3. stylish with a fun, bold, and vibrant appearance.
    My new car looks sporty but is actually very practical.

Related terms

  • sportish

Translations

Anagrams

  • prosty

Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɔrtɨ/

Noun

sporty

  1. nominative/accusative plural of sport

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɔr.tɨ/

Noun

sporty

  1. nominative/accusative/vocative plural of sport

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