\ ˈfla-shē How to pronounce flashy (audio) \
flashier; flashiest

Definition of flashy

1 chiefly dialectal : lacking in substance or flavor : insipid
2 : momentarily dazzling
3a : superficially attractive or impressive
b : ostentatious or showy often beyond the bounds of good taste especially : marked by gaudy brightness

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Other Words from flashy

flashily \ ˈfla-​shə-​lē How to pronounce flashy (audio) \ adverb
flashiness \ ˈfla-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce flashy (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of flashy in a Sentence

rich young men who drive flashy cars I bought the CD primarily for its flashy cover design.
Recent Examples on the Web The 2021 iMac color options aren’t as flashy, however. Chris Smith, BGR, "The 2021 iMac might have a huge surprise that no one expected," 24 Feb. 2021 Its styling is attractive without being overly flashy, and the interior treats occupants with quality materials, comfortable seats, and a plethora of convenience and luxury features. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Best New SUVs and Crossovers of 2021," 19 Feb. 2021 Zboril, about to turn 24 on Feb. 21, has not been flashy, but he has been remarkably poised and proficient. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Jakub Zboril, Jeremy Lauzon make themselves at home on Bruins’ blue line," 6 Feb. 2021 But the best place to start may be the least flashy: security of the software supply chain. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: Prepare for next hack," 11 Jan. 2021 But Milton — a flashy, charming and combative entrepreneur who last year purchased the most expensive home in Utah's history — found himself out of a job, the target of federal investigations and worth $4 billion less. AZCentral.com, "The biggest Arizona headlines of 2020, from COVID-19 to the elections," 28 Dec. 2020 The offensive numbers weren’t especially flashy, but Porzingis’ individual defensive rating (107 points per 100 possessions) in the contests were among his best against any opponent in 2019-20. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "3 thoughts on Mavs’ loss to Lakers: Luka vs. LeBron got spotlight, but Dallas misses Kristaps Porzingis," 25 Dec. 2020 But many, including Apple, have built flashy and car-centric campuses in anticipation of having employees generally on-site in non-pandemic times. NBC News, "California's Bay Area may require telecommuting, even after the pandemic wanes," 24 Sep. 2020 Its quality stands apart in a crowded segment, and its design is functional and easy to use without being flashy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Nissan Rogue: There’s nothing rogue about it (review)," 30 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Mar 2021

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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flashy

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


\ ˈfla-shē How to pronounce flashy (audio) \
flashier; flashiest

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

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