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Gaudy vs. Tacky

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Gaudy

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 and Reading 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 (Let's make merry) by virtue of its first word.
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Tacky

Slightly adhesive or gummy to the touch; sticky.
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Gaudy

Extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless
Silver bows and gaudy ribbons
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Tacky

Lacking style or good taste; tawdry
Tacky clothes.
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Gaudy

A celebratory dinner or entertainment held by a college for old members
Administratively, the college cannot cope with more than one gaudy per year
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Tacky

Distasteful or offensive; tasteless
A tacky remark.
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Gaudy

Showy in a tasteless or vulgar way.
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Tacky

Flimsy, rundown, or in poor repair
"a tacky room he could tear apart with his bare hands" (John Edgar Wideman).
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Gaudy

A feast, especially an annual university dinner.
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Tacky

Of a substance, slightly sticky.
This paint isn't dry yet; it's still a bit tacky.
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Gaudy

Very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner.
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Tacky

(colloquial) Of low quality.
That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.
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Gaudy

(obsolete) fun; merry; festive.
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Tacky

(colloquial) In poor taste.
That was a tacky thing to say.
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Gaudy

(archaic) One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
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Tacky

Gaudy or flashy.
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Gaudy

(Oxon) A reunion held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford for alumni, normally held during the long vacation.
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Tacky

Shabby, dowdy in one's appearance or dress.
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Gaudy

Ostentatiously fine; showy; gay, but tawdry or meretricious.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy.
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Tacky

Sticky; adhesive; raw; - said of paint, varnish, etc., when not well dried.
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Gaudy

Gay; merry; festal.
Let's have one other gaudy night.
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Tacky

Dowdy, shabby, or neglected in appearance; unkempt.
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Gaudy

One of the large beads in the rosary at which the paternoster is recited.
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Tacky

In poor taste; appearing cheap; gaudy; unstylish. Broadly used to describe objects whose style is disapproved of by the speaker.
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Gaudy

A feast or festival; - called also gaud-day and gaudy day.
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Tacky

Tactless; in poor taste; - used to describe behavior.
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Gaudy

A celebratory feast held annually at one of the colleges in a British university
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Tacky

An ill-conditioned, ill-fed, or neglected horse; also, a person in a like condition.
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Gaudy

Tastelessly showy;
A flash car
A flashy ring
Garish colors
A gaudy costume
Loud sport shirts
A meretricious yet stylish book
Tawdry ornaments
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Tacky

(of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch;
Tacky varnish
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Gaudy

(used especially of clothes) marked by conspicuous display
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Tacky

Tastelessly showy;
A flash car
A flashy ring
Garish colors
A gaudy costume
Loud sport shirts
A meretricious yet stylish book
Tawdry ornaments
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