\ 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

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 However, locals insist their island, located about 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, isn’t a flashy spectacle like the Hamptons. Cameron Sperance, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 The 2022 NBA Draft brings with it a new round of flashy suits worn by hopefuls on the red carpet. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 Four handsome Black men in flashy suits crooning a song with showbiz flair and joy in their eyes. Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 Matching sets and flashy suits are an easy, impactful shorthand for the queen bee. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2022 Instead, warehouses remain inconspicuous except for flashy cars and security guards outside the buildings. NBC News, 10 May 2021 Nollywood has bloomed in the past decade, but favors slapstick comedies and glamorous movies that showcase the lives of Nigeria’s rich – big homes, big parties, flashy cars – over gritty, hard-hitting narratives that poke holes in that image. Shola Lawal, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Feb. 2021 Making the Cut is just as flashy, creative, and impressive as its competitor. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 14 July 2022 His Lola is flashy and intriguing, flaunting his toned physique and vocal prowess. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 9 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of flashy

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flashy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashy. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of flashy

: gaudy, showy flashy clothes

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