From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Garish \Gar"ish\ (g[^a]r"[i^]sh), a. [Cf. OE. gauren to stare;
   of uncertain origin. Cf. gairish.]
   1. Showy; dazzling; ostentatious; attracting or exciting
      attention. "The garish sun." "A garish flag." --Shak. "In
      . . . garish colors." --Asham. "The garish day." --J. H.
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            Garish like the laughters of drunkenness. --Jer.
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   2. Gay to extravagance; flighty.
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            It makes the mind loose and garish.   --South.
      -- Gar"ish*ly, adv. -- Gar"ish*ness, n. --Jer. Taylor.
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