adjective \ˈfla-shē\

: bright or fancy in a way that is meant to attract attention


Full Definition of FLASHY

chiefly dialect :  lacking in substance or flavor :  insipid
:  momentarily dazzling
a :  superficially attractive or impressive
b :  ostentatious or showy often beyond the bounds of good taste; especially :  marked by gaudy brightness
flash·i·ly \ˈfla-shə-lē\ adverb
flash·i·ness \ˈfla-shē-nəs\ noun

Examples of FLASHY

  1. rich young men who drive flashy cars
  2. <I bought the CD primarily for its flashy cover design.>

First Known Use of FLASHY


Synonym Discussion of FLASHY

gaudy, tawdry, garish, flashy, meretricious mean vulgarly or cheaply showy. gaudy implies a tasteless use of overly bright, often clashing colors or excessive ornamentation <circus performers in gaudy costumes>. tawdry applies to what is at once gaudy and cheap and sleazy <tawdry saloons>. garish describes what is distressingly or offensively bright <garish neon signs>. flashy implies an effect of brilliance quickly and easily seen to be shallow or vulgar <a flashy nightclub act>. meretricious stresses falsity and may describe a tawdry show that beckons with a false allure or promise <a meretricious wasteland of casinos and bars>.

Rhymes with FLASHY

FLASHILY Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈfla-shē\

Definition of FLASHY for Kids

:  gaudy, showy <flashy clothes>


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