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Dictionary Definition

garish adj : tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • ˈɡɑːrɪʃ
  • ˈɡeərɪʃ


  1. Overly ostentatious; so colourful as to be in bad taste.
    The dress fits her well, but the pattern is rather garish.
    • 2003 August 10, Ken Keeler, "The Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings", Futurama, season 5, episode 16, Fox Broadcasting Company
      Leela: He gave me mechanical ears / Effective though just a big garish.

Extensive Definition

Garish is an Austrian alternative rock band. After having asserted themselves in the alternative scene inside and outside Austria's borders with their first two records "amaurose pur." and "wo die nacht erzaehlt vom tag", their third album "Absender auf Achse" gained favorable press and fan reaction. Despite German lyrics, it is said that their emotional style of music is their "real language".
The band was nominated for the Austrian music award "Amadeus" three times (2001, 2003, 2005).
The band's name is an English adjective meaning dazzling, stridently coloured or excessively ornamented, gaudy, ostentatious, tastelessly showy, tacky or in raucously poor taste.


  • Kurth Grath (bass, *1980)
  • Christoph Jarmer (guitars, *1981)
  • Markus Perner (drums, *1980)
  • Julian Schneeberger (guitars, *1980)
  • Thomas Jarmer (vocals, *1979)


  • "amaurose pur." (1999)
  • "wo die nacht erzaehlt vom tag" (2002)
  • "Absender auf Achse" (2004)
  • "Tintenfischalarm [Original Soundtrack & Movie Score by garish]" (2006)
  • "Parade" (2007)

External links

garish in German: Garish

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