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GAUD'Y, adjective Showy; splendid; gay.

A goldfinch there I saw, with gaudy pride

Of painted plumes--

1. Ostentatiously fine; gay beyond the simplicity of nature or good taste.

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,

But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy

GAUD'Y, noun A feast or festival; a word in the university.