\ 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 flashily (audio) \ adverb
flashiness \ ˈfla-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce flashiness (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 new Target would be less flashy and more focused. Fortune, "Big-Box Rebound: How Target Packaged a Turnaround," 20 Aug. 2019 Today’s efforts in AI are somewhat less flashy, though still potentially revolutionary, and all seem to recognize one vital lesson: treating patients is both art and science. Time, "Machines Treating Patients? It's Already Happening," 21 Mar. 2019 Last spring, Apple put on a flashy launch event to promote Apple TV+, trotting out a slew of Hollywood heavyweights — Steven Spielberg, Oprah, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, among other — to promote the service. Fortune, "Apple Says Apple TV+ Is Coming Nov. 1. Here’s How Much It Will Cost," 10 Sep. 2019 The flashy Goffin upset Federer at the year-end World Tour Finals in London in 2017 but admitted facing the huge crowd favorite in the largest regularly used tennis stadium in the world was much more difficult. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams advances to US Open quarterfinals but injures her ankle," 1 Sep. 2019 There’s absolutely nothing flashy about it—and that’s just fine. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, "Fall Dance Preview," 16 Aug. 2019 Certainly, there was nothing flashy about O’Rourke’s visit Friday morning to Matt Russell’s small 110-acre farm in Lacona. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Beto’s Bet on Iowa," 9 June 2019 The royals are constantly under pressure to bring their fashion A-game to flashy events like the the Queen's birthday celebration or even just to step out and meet their fans. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Insanely Strict Rules Royals Must Follow During the Royal Ascot," 19 June 2018 Adding to the allure, they were sold only online, with flashy marketing events—sometimes featuring co-founder Lei Jun looking like Steve Jobs in a black turtleneck—to stir up interest. Li Yuan, WSJ, "Pricier Than Apple? Xiaomi’s Hot Again, and Investors Could Get Burned," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of flashy was in 1593

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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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